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