Oscar Peterson Career Highlights
In Memory of Oscar Peterson (1925-2007).
On the Montreal radio station CKAC, Peterson had his own show titled Fifteen Minutes' Piano Rambling. After being featured on CBM's Rhythm Time, he became a national icon who made appearances on shows such as Light Up and Listen and The Happy Gang.
Birth of his trio
Peterson formed his own trio in 1948 consisting of Austin "Ozzie" Roberts on the bass, Clarence Jones on the drums, and Peterson himself on the piano. For some time, Ben Johnson played the guitar for the group. The trio performed at numerous venues and their performances were broadcast on a radio system in Montreaal.
Peterson met impresario Norman Granz by chance, which eventually became a turning point in his career. After Granz heard a live broadcast of a performance by Peterson that impressed him greatly, he created a deep professional and personal relationship with Peterson.
Advanced School of Contemporary Music
Peterson established the Advanced School of Contemporary Music for students who wanted to learn jazz. As the school became more popular and well-known, students from all over the world traveled to Toronto to learn music at the school.
'Hymn to Freedom'
As Peterson grew older, he began to devote more time to music composition. During the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King led the crusade song "Hymn to Freedom," a work that was composed by Peterson. He continued to compose, including creating music for motion-picture films such as Big North and The Silent Partner.
Performing and recording
In the 1980s, Peterson formed a successful duo with pianist Herbie Hancock. Then in the 1990s, he recorded and performed with his protégé pianist Benny Green. The playing and recording continued into the 2000s despite his advancing age and several health problems.
The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Throughout his career, Peterson won eight Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
Oscar, With Love
A Tribute to the Late Oscar Peterson
March 22, 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall