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June 14, 2006

Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson to Perform in UK

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cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz news

Canadian Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson To Perform Three UK Concerts

Oscar Peterson is “One of the most brilliant pianists in the history of jazz, [his] prodigious technique and unparalleled swing makes him a master in every style‚Ķ from boogie and stride to bebop and beyond.” – BBC Radio 3

Legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson returns to the UK to perform three rare concerts at London Royal Albert Hall on Thursday June 29, Liverpool Big Top Arena on Saturday July 1, and Birmingham Symphony Hall on Monday July 3.

Dr. Peterson will perform in quartet with Ulf Wakenius (guitar), David Young (bass) and Alvin Queen (drums).

Born and raised in Montreal, the son of immigrants from the British West Indies and the Virgin Islands, Peterson formed his first Canadian Jazz Trio at the age of 22, and by 1949 he made a guest appearance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. By 1950 he began recording for Norman Granz’ Mercury label and formed his first US duo with bassist Ray Brown.

During the same year he won the first of his 12 Downbeat awards. Oscar Peterson is the reicipient of a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award, and many other nods of recognition including Metronome Magazine, numerous Playboy awards, and several European awards. His greatest honour was being officially recognized by his country when he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 1984, Companion of the Order of Canada.

In the early 1950s he went on to form a jazz school in Toronto, known as the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, which attracted jazz students worldwide.

Over the years, Peterson has recorded with many of the jazz greats including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, among the many.

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