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Pianist, Jazz Great Oscar Peterson Dies at 82
Foxnews and AP ^ | 12/24/2007 | AP

Posted on 12/24/2007 11:09:25 AM PST by cowtowney

His death was confirmed by Hazel McCallion, mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, the Toronto suburb where Peterson lived. McCallion told The Associated Press that he died of kidney failure. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said he died Sunday. "He's been going downhill in the last few months, slowing up," McCallion said, calling Peterson a "very close friend." During an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Peterson played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. He is also remembered for touring in a trio with Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar in the 1950s. Peterson's impressive collection of awards include all of Canada's highest awards and honors, such as the Order of Canada, as well as a Lifetime Grammy (1997) and a spot in the International Jazz Hall of Fame.

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One of the very best. May he rest in peace.

God bless him and his family

1 posted on 12/24/2007 11:09:27 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: MeekMom

Oh... :(

Rest in peace, Oscar.


2 posted on 12/24/2007 11:11:02 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: cowtowney

A great musician. Had the chance to see him in a small club in Seattle many years ago. A great, great show.


3 posted on 12/24/2007 11:12:07 AM PST by Philistone (If someone tells you it's for the children, he believes that YOU are a child.)
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To: cowtowney
Oscar in action.

He was a swing machine. Top-tier in the history of the genre.

4 posted on 12/24/2007 11:15:33 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: cowtowney

Although I enjoy Jazz, I’m not familiar with Oscar Peterson. Since I don’t intend to remain that way could any FR fans of Oscar’s out there suggest his best one or two disks. I would be especially interested in any recordings with horns. (I love horns, trumpet, sax, trombone, clarinet, anything that makes sound when you blow into it)


5 posted on 12/24/2007 11:15:35 AM PST by joebuck
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To: cowtowney

Oh how great he was! My favor album - “Munich on a Summer Night”. R.I.P.


6 posted on 12/24/2007 11:19:44 AM PST by seenenuf
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To: cowtowney

We'll miss you Oscar...

7 posted on 12/24/2007 11:20:10 AM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: cowtowney

A giant among jazz piano players. As a jazz piano
player myself, I was always in awe of his virtuosity
and creativity. To bring it a little more down to
earth, “Man, he was a piano player! “


8 posted on 12/24/2007 11:21:15 AM PST by keykitten
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To: sitetest

PING!


9 posted on 12/24/2007 11:21:33 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: joebuck

go to Youtube. He had a great trio with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown.

He was intoxicating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=337hbXJD9vk

You might notice him humming/groaning during his play. He did this all the time.


10 posted on 12/24/2007 11:22:02 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: joebuck
You can see Oscar's impressive discography here. Oscar truly was a great Jazzman. He will be missed.
11 posted on 12/24/2007 11:22:46 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: cowtowney
One of the very best. May he rest in peace.

God bless him and his family

Indeed.

12 posted on 12/24/2007 11:32:38 AM PST by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: SunTzuWu; .30Carbine; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; ...

Dear SunTzuWu,

Thanks for the ping!

Classical Music Ping List ping!

If you want on or off this list let me know via FR e-mail.

Thanks,

sitetest


13 posted on 12/24/2007 11:33:12 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: joebuck

Oscar Peterson was an absolutely brilliant piano player, one of the best ever, with phenomenal technique and amazing musicality. Sometimes he was criticized for being a tad “notey” = too many notes. For the most part, Oscar almost always played with smaller combos (standard piano trio) or quartets (most famous probably with Herb Ellis: guitar) So, it will be a definite minority of his albums that have horns. And in most of those cases, there might be one or two horn players vs. whole horn sections. But there are some recordings of his, evidently from the early 50’s, where he played with Billie Holiday orchestra, and he made some recordings with Ella Fitzgerald in 1957 (where OP is not listed as the bandleader and so might be harder to find)

One appears to stand out:
Ella Fitzgerald At JATP (jazz @ the philharmonic)
Roy Eldridge (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Sonny Stitt (as) Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Lester Young (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Connie Kay (d) Ella Fitzgerald (vo)
“Shrine Auditorium”, Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 1957

I would (in your position) Go to youtube.com and look up Oscar Peterson to get a sampling of his playing.

here is a discography http://www.jazzdisco.org/peterson/dis/

enjoy!


14 posted on 12/24/2007 11:37:20 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: joebuck

try:

http://www.emusic.com/album/Oscar-Peterson-Ella-Fitzgerald-Oscar-Peterson-Ella-Fitzgerald-JATP-Lausanne-195-MP3-Download/11057042.html

(Samples of 1953 w/Ella, but note, smallish combo)

http://www.tvondvdshop.com/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=193&upc=80552006082&affnr=-1

(w/Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy & Clifford Brown, wow!)

http://www.tvondvdshop.com/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=193&upc=04228493952

w/Benny Carter....tvondvdshop has a bunch of OP but again, mostly with ONE horn max)


15 posted on 12/24/2007 12:03:09 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: cowtowney

Sad day :-( One of the greats...


16 posted on 12/24/2007 12:09:34 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: cowtowney

A TRUE legend.

RIP.


17 posted on 12/24/2007 12:28:21 PM PST by the scotsman
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To: joebuck; perfect stranger
Rest in peace Oscar.

This is some mind blowing Oscar Pederson, that my friend and fellow freeper Perfect Stranger found a week or two ago, that we watched. Check it out. Incredible, he never stops the frenetic piano playing! He will be missed.

Oscar Peterson - "Mack The Knife" (1974)

18 posted on 12/24/2007 12:28:31 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Cyropaedia

And onward to your reward in the next journey. He was a beautiful musician that had an uplifting swing written into the notes.

One of a kind.


19 posted on 12/24/2007 12:59:03 PM PST by romanesq
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To: cowtowney

I recommend that everyone here pick up or download some tracks from his album with Stan Getz. From the leadoff track (”You Make Me Happy”) through “Bronx Blues,” it very rarely gets better than this...


20 posted on 12/24/2007 1:01:14 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: joebuck
My fave. Two masters jamming together:


21 posted on 12/24/2007 1:02:29 PM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: cowtowney

What a talent. I saw him once in Detroit, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.

In addition to everything else, he had a very quick wit.

Make some more heavenly music, Mr. Peterson.


22 posted on 12/24/2007 3:40:58 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: GMMAC; fanfan

(((.)))


23 posted on 12/24/2007 4:56:14 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
"w/Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy & Clifford Brown, wow!"

I just ordered this one. Horns don't come much better than Dizzy and Cliff Brown. Thanks everyone for the links and recommendations.

24 posted on 12/24/2007 7:59:34 PM PST by joebuck
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
"Sometimes he was criticized for being a tad “notey” = too many notes."

This is a common pitfall for many players who are true technical virtuosos on their instrument. Bird, Jimmy Page, even Jerry Lee Lewis all had a propensity to show off their skill, sometimes at the expense of the pure music. Probably just because they can. It's more an issue of taste than a legitimate criticism.

25 posted on 12/24/2007 8:05:15 PM PST by joebuck
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To: LucyT

I’m not sure if this is worth a ping to you, but please let me know.


26 posted on 12/24/2007 8:14:22 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: joebuck

Really, that pairing jumped out at me as well. In a quickie search I was unable to find the 1957 JATP Ella Fitzgerald with all those horn players in anything but vinyl.


27 posted on 12/24/2007 8:19:35 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: HoosierHawk

Thank you, HoosierHawk. I appreciate the ping.


28 posted on 12/24/2007 9:21:36 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Norman Bates

Sad times are these.


29 posted on 12/24/2007 9:24:40 PM PST by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: joebuck
"Sometimes he was criticized for being a tad “notey” = too many notes."

Does anyone remember the scene from the movie Amadeus when Emperor Joseph II tells Mozart...

"Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect."

30 posted on 12/24/2007 9:37:17 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Well......there it is.


31 posted on 12/24/2007 9:48:40 PM PST by joebuck
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To: cowtowney


Oscar Peterson was born on August 25, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec. All five Peterson children, Fred, Daisy, Charles, Oscar and May, learned to read and write at an early age and were expected to learn musical instruments. Oscar Peterson started his musical studies on the trumpet but, after a bout of tuberculosis, switched to piano at the age of eight. Initially, he was taught by his father, a self-taught pianist, and then by his older sister Daisy, who also taught Oliver Jones and Joe Sealy.

At the age of 12, Mr. Peterson went to study with Lou Hooper and then attended the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréaly´ By the age of 15, Mr. Peterson was studying with classical pianist Paul de Marky who helped develop his piano technique. That same year, Oscar Peterson won an amateur contest sponsored by Ken Soble, a local radio personality on CKAC in Montreal. He began his own radio show, "Fifteen Minutes Piano Rambling". By 1941, he was performing on the weekly radio show "Rhythm Time"on CBM in Montreal and in 1945 was heard regularly on CBC's "Light Up and Listen"and "The Happy Gang".

Read more here.

(Rest in peace)


32 posted on 12/25/2007 12:42:07 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never 'free')
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To: Squawk 8888; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; conniew; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; ...

33 posted on 12/25/2007 12:29:21 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: cowtowney

Toured with Ray Brown did he. We lost Ray Brown a couple years ago. Played string bass like we wish we could. There’s probably tech ability out there like these two, but the feel of the era is history.


34 posted on 12/25/2007 12:38:09 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: RightWhale

Dear Mr. Peterson - Once lived - your musical phrasing present a voice of love, a touch of class, a cascade of elegance against a jazz backdrop of rythm and blues.

How can I thank-you enough for opening the windows of heaven and setting the table for the likes of Billie and Bird, Louie and Ella, Dizzy and Pass.

Can I ever release you and let you go?

I can’t.

I will continue to go back again and again re-living each lovely turn.

And I will shed a tear, and thank the good Lord, knowing all things must pass.

And I can hope the love I feel each time I hear your gracious and tender voice, the music of your soul mixed with His anointing oil, will spill over and lighten up one more captive heart and lead it to that secret place where death cannot reach and sorrow will no longer need the comfort of your sound.


35 posted on 12/25/2007 7:02:39 PM PST by shineon
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