Tuesday, 25 December 2007
It is with deep sadness that I post this message. One of the worlds greatest jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, has died aged 82.
The legendary jazz musician died on Sunday from kidney failure at his home near Toronto.
In a career spanning decades, Peterson performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and he found himself playing many of the artists he first heard as a kid, including Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young and Dizzy Gillespie.
His awards and honours include a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1997 and an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award. Canada had also bestowed upon him a Companion of the Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian award.
Oscar Pterson, You will be dearly missed
R.I.P. Oscar Peterson 1925 - 2007