Monday, December 24, 2007

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)

Oscar Peterson, a major presence in jazz for nearly 60 years and a national hero in Canada, has died.

According to the Associated Press, the cause of death was kidney failure. Less than a month ago, Mr. Peterson posted a message to fans on his website:

“I would like to apologize for my absence for the last while. Things got very busy both with business and personal duties.

“I am very happy to say I am back. Let me assure you that I will try my best to keep up with providing you with new Journal entries, and updates on what I am doing. I am looking forward to it.”

As recently as 2006, Oscar Peterson headlined the Monterey Jazz Festival.

A pianist renowned for his technique and speed, Peterson leaves behind an enormous amount of recorded material.

To hear his rollicking rendition of Ellington’s “Caravan,” recorded in duet with Dizzy Gillespie in 1974, click here.

Peterson, the son of a Canadian Pacific Railway sleeping-car porter, received his country’s highest civilian honor – the Order of Canada – in 1973.


Render said...

Here too...


Undercover Black Man said...

^ Well done, mate.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

Oscar Peterson always approached his music with a lot of class.

Saw him with Ella in the late 80s in Oakland. Concert hall setting. Very nicely performed.

Oscar and Max - masters of their instruments. Masters of their craft.

Here's hoping the space created gets filled by similar crafts-people.

Bklyn6 said...

An Hour With Oscar Peterson.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Fantastic, Bklyn6! Thank you!