Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Oscar Peterson 1925 - 2007

The great jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson died in his home town of Toronto at the age of 82 this week. He made more than 200 albums and won eight Grammy awards including a lifetime achievement honor in 1997. He cut his first single at the age of 19. He performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Nat "King" Cole among other great musicians. He is considered one of the finest pianists in the history of jazz.

Above is the Oscar Peterson Trio performing in Holland approximately 1961. In addition to Peterson on the piano are Ray Brown on the bass and Ed Thigpen on the drums. He plays “Goodbye.”

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