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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Words and Music: Oscar Peterson

Without a doubt, Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was one of the greatest musicians ever produced in Canada. His facility at the keyboard was internationally recognized and his recordings will be played and admired as long as jazz is understood and appreciated.

This excerpt from a BBC programme captures Peterson in his prime and as such is an historic document.

Peterson was born in Montreal but as a young musician growing up in Toronto I heard him often at places like The Colonial Tavern on Yonge St. just around the corner from Massey Hall.

For more on Peterson visit his website at

Paul E. Robinson

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