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Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson

Born: 15th August 1925, Montreal, Canada

Died: 23rd December 2007, Mississagua, Canada

Nationality: Canadian

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson was a Canadian virtuoso jazz pianist and composer. Considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Peterson released more than 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy, and received numerous other awards and honours. He played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, simply "O.P." by his friends, and informally in the jazz community as "the King of inside swing".

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Recording of the Week, Oscar Peterson Trio - Con Alma: Live in Lugano, 1964

This previously unheard recording of the Oscar Peterson Trio performing live in Switzerland at the height of their creative peak is being released for the first time.

Recording of the Week, Oscar Peterson Trio, 'On a Clear Day: Live in Zurich 1971'

A rare formation of the Canadian pianist's iconic trio - featuring Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Louis Hayes - makes an appearance on this unearthed live recording from the midst of a world tour.

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