Oscar Peterson, pianist
birth name: Oscar Emmanuel Peterson

Oscar Peterson

August 15, 1925, Montreal, Canada ~ December 23, 2007, Mississauga, Canada

One of the most admired pianists in jazz, Oscar Peterson has rightfully claimed the same sort of status as earlier greats such as James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. ~ All about Jazz: Oscar Peterson ~ retrieved August 15, 2013 © All About Jazz

A piano technique that was always meticulous and ornate and sometimes overwhelming. But rather than expand the boundaries of jazz, he used his gifts in the service of moderation and reliability, gratifying his devoted audiences whether he was playing in a trio or solo or accompanying some of the most famous names of jazz. His technical accomplishments were always evident, almost transparently so. Even at his peak, there was very little tension in his playing. ~ New York Times: Oscar Peterson Obituary ~ December 25, 2007 © New York Times

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Oscar Peterson ~ Voted into the 1984 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

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