Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Oscar Peterson

This sad news got somewhat muted due to the Christmas holiday.

I can't say much more that I am every so grateful I got to see Oscar Peterson perform his art, live, a handful of times.

On top of the countless hours I have listened to his recordings, no doubt, I will add significantly more in the coming future.

The team of goodness in the world lost one of its' greats... Take a spin through the links and videos below, and, as you can, share them with someone you know, the joy of Oscar Peterson.

Visit Oscar Peterson's website

Toronto Star: Oscar Peterson dies at 82

Boston Globe: Oscar Peterson, 82; jazz pianist interwove prodigious power with swing

New York Times: Oscar Peterson, Virtuoso of Jazz, Dies at 82

Washington Post: Oscar Peterson, Piano Virtuoso

Don Heckman/Los Angeles Times: Pianist dazzled jazz world with technique, creativity

CBC: Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson dies

BBC: Jazz legend Oscar Peterson dies

BBC: Tributes paid to Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson Trio '85 - Nigerian Marketplace

The Oscar Peterson Trio performing in the Berlin Philarmonie on July 2, 1985. Oscar is accompanied by the great late Niels Henning Oersted Pedersen on bass and the great Martin Drew, a long time member the Ronnie Scott Quintet on drums. This is a trio that delivers big time.

More Oscar Peterson Videos

Ella Fitzgerald - Just A-Sittin and A-Rockin', UK 1961

Ella Fitzgerald Sings "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin", UK TV 1961, with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Oscar Peterson, piano, Ray Brown, bass, Ed Thigpen, drums.

There Is No Greater Love

Oscar Peterson featuring: Niels Henning Orsted Perdersen & Ray Brown Live in 1977 (less)

Sweet Georgia Brown

Oscar Peterson featuring: Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen & Ray Brown Live in 1977

Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis / Oscar Peterson - The Breeze And I

Very few players could match Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis when he locked this jaw on the tenor's mouthpiece. Add to that the fine company of Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray brown on bass and Jimmie Smith on drums, and you've got a sure-fire recipe for a swing feast of gargantuan proportions. The place is Montreux, Switzerland, the time is July 15, 1977 and the host is Norman Granz, but I believe you know the drill by now, just sit back and enjoy.

Oscar Peterson & NHOP "Here's That A Rainy Day"

Oscar Peterson : Piano
Niels Hennings Orsted Petersen : Contrebasse
21 juillet 1979, Juan Les Pins ; date diffusion TV : juin/juillet 83


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