It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson has passed away. I first encountered his work through the stellar album “Night Train” and I haven’t stopped listening to him since. He was an immensely talented musician and a gift to the worlds of jazz and blues. May he rest in peace. His music is his legacy – and what a legacy remains.
In the spirit of the season, have a listen to “An Oscar Peterson Christmas“, which is without question my favourite Christmas album of all time.
“The jazz odyssey is over for Oscar Peterson: the Canadian known globally as one of the most spectacularly talented musicians ever to play jazz piano has died at age 82.
Peterson died Sunday night at his home in Mississauga, Ont., from kidney failure, CBC News has confirmed.
“The world has lost the world’s greatest jazz player,” Hazel McCallion, mayor of Mississauga and Peterson’s friend, told CBC News Monday afternoon.
Renowned for his speed and virtuosity as a pianist, Peterson — who was born in Montreal and later made Toronto his home — made hundreds of recordings in his career, even after a stroke in 1993 disabled his left hand.
Over the years, his recording and performing partners included such stars as Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Stan Getz.”