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November 8, 2008

Jazz Winnipeg Presents Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Written by
cindy mcleod
Jazz Winnipeg

Jazz Winnipeg Presents
Tribute to Oscar Peterson
with Ron Paley, Dave Young & Terry Clark
Sunday, November 16
Westminster United Church, Winnipeg

Concert will feature Oscar Peterson’s music

Jazz Winnipeg presents a Tribute to Oscar Peterson, starring Dave Young (bass), Ron Paley (piano) and Dave Young (bass), with special guests, The Winnipeg Singers. The event will take place at the Westminster United Church on Sunday, November 16 at 8:00pm.

Winnipeg pianist and band leader Ron Paley has formed a trio consisting of two former members of Peterson’s group: bassist Dave Young and drummer Terry Clarke, to honour the great Canadian jazz legend, Oscar Peterson, who died last December.

Ex-Winnipegger Dave Young’s long-time association with Peterson spanned several decades, beginning with a 1975 tour of Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Young also appeared on several of Peterson’s recordings over the years and this past July, Young was handed the 2008 Oscar Peterson Award by the Festival International de Jazz de MontrĂ©al.

Along with touring Japan and Europe with Oscar Peterson and Jim Hall, Canadian drummer Terry Clarke is well-known as a founding member of the world acclaimed big-band, Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

Ron Paley formed the Ron Paley Big Band in 1976 after playing with Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. A Winnipeg jazz mainstay, Paley has composed works for big band and symphony orchestra that have been performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. For this special tribute, Paley has written his own arrangements of some of Oscar Peterson’s compositions, including Hymn to Freedom, which will be performed with special guests, The Winnipeg Singers.

A portion of the net proceeds from this tribute concert will be donated to The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance, which was awarded this year to University of Manitoba music student Samantha Chrol.


A Tribute to Oscar Peterson will be recorded by CBC Radio for broadcast in December to commemorate the one year anniversary of Peterson’s passing.

Last December, the jazz world lost one of its bona fide greats, and Canada lost a musical ambassador when Oscar Peterson passed away at the age of 82. Peterson was the most outstanding jazz pianist of his generation – his remarkable dexterity and sense of swing ensured him a huge international following. Over several decades Peterson released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards, and received other numerous awards and honours.

Tickets are $30 and are available online at http://jazzwinnipeg.com/buy_tickets/
by calling the Jazz Winnipeg info line at 989-4656 or in person at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur St.)

for more info visit www.winnipegjazz.com

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