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March 10, 2009

Tribute to Oscar Peterson Features Fellow Canadian Legend Oliver Jones

Written by
cindy mcleod

live jazz, Canada

Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones
with Prime Time Big Band
Thursday, April 2
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary

Jones to Perform with Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band

Legendary Canadian jazz pianist Oliver Jones joins Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band for a concert on Thursday, April 2nd at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The evening of music will pay tribute to Mr. Jones’ lifelong friend and mentor, the great Oscar Peterson.

Oliver Jones grew up in Montreal, where as a child he studied piano with Daisy Sweeny Peterson, sister to Oscar Peterson. Living down the street from the Peterson family, Oliver and Oscar quickly became friends, maintaining their relationship through the decades until Peterson’s death in December, 2007.

74-year-old Oliver Jones is known for his lightening speed and dexterity on the piano, often drawing comparison to Peterson for his style and approach. Jones’ six-decade career is illustrious and his accomplishments well documented, the decorated musician honoured with three Juno Awards, The Governer General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, and is the recipient of our nation’s highest honour, the Order of Canada.

Under the leadership of trumpeter Dave Jones, Prime Time Big Band was formed in 1994 and is one of the city’s longest running Big Band ensembles. The group performs bi-monthly at the Ironwood Stage & Grill, and has featured such notable guest musicians as P.J. Perry, Guido Basso, Bobby Shew, Phil Nimmons and Doc Severinson, among the many.

Tickets for the event are available at Ticketmaster.

For more info visit www.primetimebigband.com

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