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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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Ashley Henry: The Beauty Of Inclusive Music

Read "Ashley Henry: The Beauty Of Inclusive Music" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Pianist and composer Ashley Henry is one of the most interesting talents coming out of the British Jazz scene, which has been commanding growing international recognition. His debut album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Universal, 2019) revealed a universe in which grime, r&b and hip-hop coexist with the respect and recognition for the great jazz players of the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lee Morgan & Ulysses Owens Jr.

Read "Lee Morgan & Ulysses Owens Jr." reviewed by Joe Dimino


From one of the most powerful drummers in jazz today who is has released a big band album, we start the 717th Episode of Neon Jazz with Ulysses Owens, Jr. and a tune off his latest CD Soul Conversations. As is the case with all Neon Jazz shows, we trace the history of influences for each ...

Article: Interview

Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva

Read "Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Il pianista e compositore Ashley Henry è uno dei più interessanti talenti della nuova generazione di jazzisti britannici che si sta imponendo all'attenzione internazionale. Il suo album di debutto, Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony, 2019), ha rivelato un universo nel quale jazz, grime, drum'n'bass e hip-hop convivono senza snaturare le radici profonde dei grandi jazzisti del passato. ...

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Article: Interview

Christian Pabst: Il momento del cambiamento

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Con il disco Balbec (etichetta Jazz Sick) il musicista e compositore Christian Pabst di origini tedesche ci trasporta nel luogo immaginario dove il protagonista de “Alla ricerca del tempo perduto" di Marcel Proust fugge per ritrovare un senso allo scorrere del tempo al di fuori del disordine urbano. Come nel libro, i sette brani originali contenuti ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jelly Roll Morton, Bruce Forman & Doug Beavers

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We begin the 714th Episode of Neon Jazz with veteran jazz artist Doug Beavers. We also present a track from John Coltrane off his LP Crescent that inspired Doug journey into jazz. We also take a listen to a number artists releasing new music in 2021 including Yaala Ballin, Steve Feifke, Jihee Heo and Perry Smith. ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Hiromi: Dancing and Smiling With Every Note

Read "Hiromi: Dancing and Smiling With Every Note" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Few musicians have impacted the jazz and music world with the zeal and character of Hiromi. She paints on the finest palette, on par with the finest wine or richest chocolate. Her ambitious and superlative skills as a pianist are matched by the complexities and sheer genius of her compositions. Whether flying solo, in trio, quartet, ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Meet Mulgrew Miller

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2002. All About Jazz: You were born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and grew up listening to blues, gospel and R&B music. What attracted you to jazz? Mulgrew Miller: The thing that pulled me toward jazz was jazz itself. By ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Oscar Peterson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Oscar Peterson

All About Jazz is celebrating Oscar Peterson's birthday today! 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, ...


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