Jazz great Oscar Peterson dies at 82

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 1 minute ago

TORONTO – Oscar Peterson, whose speedy fingers, propulsive swing and melodic inventiveness made him one of the world’s best known and influential jazz pianists, has died. He was 82.

Peterson died at his home (12/24/07) in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a family friend and jazz musician. He said Peterson’s wife and daughter were with him during his final moments. The cause of death was kidney failure, said Mississauga’s mayor, Hazel McCallion.

Read the entire obituary here.

“Cubano Chant” performed by Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

The Oscar Peterson Offficial Website

Encyclopedia of Music in Canada

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. This made a very nice Christmas a little less nice. But thanks for the stupendous video.

  2. Yeah I agree. Last Christmas we lost James Brown. This December we had a triple-play of musicians crossing over: Ike Turner, Dan Fogelberg and now Mr. Oscar Peterson. I guess they wanted some good music up in heaven! May they all Rest In Heavenly Peace.

    Yeah isn’t the video great? Mr. Peterson will never be forgotten.Merry Christmas my friend.


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