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Oscar Peterson

Subject: Music

(1925–2007) Black Canadian jazz pianist, one of the most popular and accomplished jazz musicians of the second half of the twentieth century. A successful ...

Peterson, Oscar

Peterson, Oscar (15 Aug 1925)   Reference library

Andrew Scott

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
512 words

...feted, Peterson, who became York University's Chancellor in 1991 , remains, in death as in life, an iconic jazz figure. Recordings (selective list) As unaccompanied soloist: My Favorite Instrument (1968, MPS) As leader: The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival (1956, Verve); The Way I Really Play (1968) As sideman: S. Stitt: Sonny Stitt Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio (1959, Verve) Bibliography B. James : “Oscar Peterson,” Essays on Jazz (London, 1961), 134 L. Feather : “Piano Giants of Jazz: Oscar Peterson,” ...

Peterson, Oscar Emmanuel

Peterson, Oscar Emmanuel (1925–2007)   Quick reference

Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History
Length:
227 words

...guitar with drums in 1959 . Peterson is also a composer and a singer: he won praise for his Canadian Suite in 1965 and recorded the vocal With Respect to Nat in the same year. In the early 1970s he often played the piano solo, subsequently dividing a concert time between a solo performance and trio; a popular solo recording is My Favourite Instrument ( 1973 ). He hosted his own television series, Oscar Peterson Presents and Oscar Peterson's Piano Party in the 1970s and Oscar Peterson and Friends in 1980 ; he also published books of jazz exercises...

Peterson, Oscar Emmanuel

Peterson, Oscar Emmanuel (1925)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
83 words

..., Oscar Emmanuel ( b Montreal , 1925 ; d Toronto , 2007 ) Canadian jazz pianist . Joined Johnny Holmes Orch 1944–7 . Went to NY 1949 , appearing at ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’ concert and becoming recognized as one of leading jazz players of his time. Recordings and international tours followed. Appeared with guitarist (drummer after 1959 ) and bass player. Influenced by pianism of Art Tatum and vocal style of Nat King Cole . Officer of Order of Canada 1973 . Chancellor of York Univ., Toronto, 1991–4...

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Peterson Oscar   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
2,678 words

...٭ Nostalgic Memories By Oscar Peterson (Clef 1956) ٭ ٭ ٭ An Evening With Oscar Peterson Duo/Quartet (Clef 1956) ٭ ٭ ٭ Plays Count Basie (Clef 1956) ٭ ٭ ٭ In A Romantic Mood: Oscar Peterson With Strings (Verve 1956) ٭ ٭ ٭ Pastel Moods By Oscar Peterson (Verve 1956) ٭ ٭ ٭ Romance: The Vocal Styling Of Oscar Peterson (Verve 1956) ٭ ٭ ٭ Soft Sands (Verve 1957) ٭ ٭ ٭ The Oscar Peterson Trio At The Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Verve 1957) ٭ ٭ ٭ ٭ Keyboard Music By Oscar Peterson (Verve 1957) ٭ ٭ ٭ Oscar Peterson Trio With Sonny Stitt, Roy Eldridge And...

Peterson, Oscar

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
36 words
Peterson, Oscar

Peterson, Oscar   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
44 words
Peterson, Oscar

Peterson, Oscar   Reference library

The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
43 words
Fitzgerald, Ella/Oscar Peterson - Ella & Oscar

Fitzgerald, Ella/Oscar Peterson - Ella & Oscar   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
99 words

...Ella/Oscar Peterson - Ella & Oscar Although Ella Fitzgerald worked in many different settings, from big bands to guitar-and-voice duets, to sets with nearly every piano player in the business (from Duke Ellington on down), one could make a case that her best recordings were made with Oscar Peterson and his small bands. 1976’s Ella & Oscar is one of those classic recordings, an album that’s as spare and intimate as any that the pair ever issued. In fact, the only other performer featured on this set is Peterson’s long-time bass player Ray Brown,...

Armstrong, Louis/Oscar Peterson - Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson

Armstrong, Louis/Oscar Peterson - Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
197 words

...Louis/Oscar Peterson - Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson Since Louis Armstrong just about invented jazz vocals if not popular singing itself, it was inevitable (and fortunate) that someone like producer Norman Granz would set Armstrong down in the studio with a modern 50s combo like Oscar Peterson’s trio and watch the seminal musician strut his stuff. Aside from the Dixieland-derived All-Stars live show, Armstrong spent most of the late 40s and early 50s singing it straight for Milt Gabler at Decca Records. Here at Verve in 1957, Satchmo finally...

Webster, Ben - Meets Oscar Peterson

Webster, Ben - Meets Oscar Peterson   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
160 words

...Ben - Meets Oscar Peterson On this 1959 recording, Webster teams up with the Oscar Peterson Trio (Ray Brown, bass, and Ed Thigpen, drums) and some very luscious, at times brilliant, music is the result. Webster's deeply emotional renditions of ‘When Your Lover Has Gone’ and ‘In The Wee, Small Hours Of The Morning’ are testament to Webster's ability to capture the essence of a tune and put his inimitable stamp on it. Peterson is in top form on this release as well. He plays ballads with great restraint, sensing that the best way to accompany this tenor...

Basie, Count/Oscar Peterson - Night Rider

Basie, Count/Oscar Peterson - Night Rider   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
166 words

...Count/Oscar Peterson - Night Rider At first blush, an album featuring both Count Basie and Oscar Peterson seems suspicious. Indeed, the two pianists’ styles fall on opposite sides of the musical spectrum. Basie’s approach has sometimes been described as minimalist, non-pianistic, and certainly bluesy. In contrast, Peterson is known for his technical wizardry, pianistic exhibitionism, and hard-bop vigour. The two piano legends actually develop a strong simpatico on Night Rider , and the album defies any attempts at stereotyping. In fact, Basie’s playing is...

Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson  

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(1925–2007)Black Canadian jazz pianist, one of the most popular and accomplished jazz musicians of the second half of the twentieth century.A successful instrumentalist in Canadian bands in the ...
Peterson, Oscar/Joe Pass - Porgy And Bess

Peterson, Oscar/Joe Pass - Porgy And Bess   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
263 words

...of this 1976 Norman Granz production, Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass offer us a definitive new instrumental rendition of Porgy And Bess - as intimate and swinging a work as anything they ever recorded. Peterson and Pass employ clavichord and arch top acoustic guitar to striking effect on Porgy And Bess . The clavichord is a tiny baroque keyboard which allows keyboard players to manipulate the pitch after notes are struck by employing hand vibrato. It was Bach’s favourite instrument, and on a whimsical version of ‘I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ and a funky down...

Young, Lester - Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio

Young, Lester - Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
167 words

...Lester - Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio It could be argued that the modern saxophonist makes some musical allusion to Lester Young - no matter how remote or indirect - in every solo rendered. On this release (1952), we hear the legendary ‘President of the saxophone’ in great company. One can’t get much more polished and refined than the Oscar Peterson Quartet (the album’s title is incorrect; we do not hear a trio on this recording). Indeed, Young is superbly accompanied by Peterson on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and J.C....

Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson album)

Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson album)  

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Since Louis Armstrong just about invented jazz vocals if not popular singing itself, it was inevitable (and fortunate) that someone like producer Norman Granz would set Armstrong down in the ...
Ella & Oscar (Ella Fitzgerald/Oscar Peterson album)

Ella & Oscar (Ella Fitzgerald/Oscar Peterson album)  

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Music
Although Ella Fitzgerald worked in many different settings, from big bands to guitar-and-voice duets, to sets with nearly every piano player in the business (from Duke Ellington on down), one ...
Meets Oscar Peterson (Ben Webster album)

Meets Oscar Peterson (Ben Webster album)  

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On this 1959 recording, Webster teams up with the Oscar Peterson Trio (Ray Brown, bass, and Ed Thigpen, drums) and some very luscious, at times brilliant, music is the result. ...
Night Rider (Count Basie/Oscar Peterson album)

Night Rider (Count Basie/Oscar Peterson album)  

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Overview Page
Subject:
Music
At first blush, an album featuring both Count Basie and Oscar Peterson seems suspicious. Indeed, the two pianists’ styles fall on opposite sides of the musical spectrum. Basie’s approach has ...
Porgy And Bess (Oscar Peterson/Joe Pass album)

Porgy And Bess (Oscar Peterson/Joe Pass album)  

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Music
Few works in the American canon have consistently inspired players and listeners like Porgy And Bess. And while aspects of the libretto - with its condescending, paternalistic overtones - are ...
Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio (Lester Young album)

Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio (Lester Young album)  

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Overview Page
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Music
It could be argued that the modern saxophonist makes some musical allusion to Lester Young - no matter how remote or indirect - in every solo rendered. On this release ...

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