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Oscar Peterson

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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. Possibly the most successful artist produced by Canada, he appeared on well over 200 albums spanning six decades and won numerous awards, including eight Grammys. During his career he performed and recorded with, among others, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker. He was beyond doubt an authentic jazz piano virtuoso, with a remarkable and prolific legacy of recordings and performances. Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, O.Ont was born on August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec.He began learning trumpet and piano from his father at the age of five, but by the age of seven, after a bout of tuberculosis, he concentrated on the piano. Some of the artists who influenced Peterson during the early years were Teddy Wilson, Nat "King" Cole, James P. Johnson and the legendary Art Tatum, to whom many have tried to compare Peterson in later years. In fact, one of his first exposures to the musical talents of Tatum came early in his teen years when his father played a Tatum record to him and Peterson was so intimidated by what he heard that he did not touch the piano for over a week.

Album

Rock With Flip

Label: Clef Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Almost Like Being in Love; Singin' the Blues; All of Me; I'll Never Be the Same; Lemon Aid 21; Birth of the Blues; I've Got the World on a String; The Lady's in Love With You.

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Pianist Roberto Magris follows up his critically-acclaimed album Suite! (JMood Records, 2018) with a duet recording with Chicago-based bassist Eric Hochberg, whom he met while recoding Suite! . Returning to the windy city in November 2019 to promote the release of Suite! , Magris and Hochberg decided to make an album of their own while enduring ...

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News: Recording

Pianist Markos Chaidemenos New Album 'Caravan' — Available now!

Pianist Markos Chaidemenos New Album 'Caravan' — Available now!

Markos Chaidemenos is a jazz musician who discovered his love for piano at the age of 16 (2005) and his passion for jazz at the age of 22. Although he earned his first bachelor at Informatics & Telecommunications in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, he never worked in the field. After Chaidemenos mastered the classical ...

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Article: Album Review

Lorne Lofsky: This Song Is New

Read "This Song Is New" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Over the years the guitar has earned a unique position in the annals of jazz. At times strident, ear-splitting and generally distasteful, at others one of the loveliest, most amiable and pleasing instruments in any circumstance, especially when placed in the capable hands of a master such as Canada's Lorne Lofsky. This is the guitar as ...

News: Video / DVD

Sonny Stitt and Oscar Peterson

Sonny Stitt and Oscar Peterson

I love Oscar Peterson's playing. I'm just never crazy about his tempos. As the leader on recording sessions with his trio or quartet, Peterson tended to take songs excruciatingly slow or erratically fast. I'm not sure why Verve and Pablo producer Norman Granz never bothered to mention this to him over a dinner or from the ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way

Read "Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most notably a jazz pianist, it comes as more than a surprise that Bill Cunliffe was not in the same orbit as jazz until he was in college. With the sheer volume of top shelf jazz he has written and recorded since, he would seem to have made up for any lost time. That time, those ...

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Article: Interview

Daniele Sepe, tra jazz, Zappa e la pirateria

Read "Daniele Sepe, tra jazz, Zappa e la pirateria" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Non è la prima volta che su queste pagine intervistiamo Daniele Sepe; del resto il musicista partenopeo è saldamente sulla scena dai primi anni Novanta, sempre mescolando ogni genere musicale—dal folk alla classica, dal jazz a ogni “nuovo ritmo" affacciatosi sulla scena giovanile—e inventandosi spesso formazioni e spettacoli che vanno oltre la sola musica, attingendo al ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Jones: All By Myself

Read "All By Myself" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While jazz is a social music through and through, solitude has always spurred creation too. And in the age of COVID-19, when safety often stands in the way of musical gatherings, solo efforts seem to be the way to go. For pianist Mike Jones, the idea of playing solo piano is far from ...

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Article: Anatomy of a Standard

"Alice In Wonderland" by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard

Read ""Alice In Wonderland" by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard" reviewed by Tish Oney


Fain and Hilliard's “Alice in Wonderland" debuted in 1951 in a Disney feature film by the same name. Having been performed since then by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, and many others, it has attained “jazz standard" status for good reason. The composition achieves a heightened value in the lovely marriage of music and lyrics ...


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