The great pianist Oscar Peterson taped an episode of Piano Jazz in 1997.
August 15, 2014 Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates his deft touch and amazing technique.
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Detail from the cover art to Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.
February 28, 2013 Many jazz standards are themselves about making lists. Here are five of them, including Louis Armstrong's take on "Let's Do It," Johnny Hartman's version of "These Foolish Things" and a classic reading of Jobim's "Waters of March."
Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.
October 20, 2011 The jazz producer put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.
March 15, 2011 St. Patrick's Day is a holiday when everybody is Irish: wearing at least a splash of green, getting together with friends for a pint or a party, and so on. To celebrate the day, here are some jazz songs that wear the green, at least in their titles, as well as musical tributes to Ireland.
A Canadian flag hot air balloon.
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August 17, 2009 This week's Take Five skips from the provinces of Quebec and Ottawa over to British Columbia, featuring a jazz legend, a world-famous vocalist/pianist and a few Canadian musicians who are gaining wider recognition outside their home country. Listen to five songs below.
Oscar Peterson's recording career lasted more than 60 years, spanning hundreds of albums as a leader or sideman.
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December 17, 2008 The famed virtuoso commanded the entire keyboard with incredible dexterity, drive and precision, while performing around the world for more than 50 years, accruing countless honors, awards and critical accolades.
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December 27, 2007 News & Notes pays tribute to the life and musical contributions of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The eight-time Grammy winner played with all the greats, including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Dizzy Gillespie.
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December 26, 2007 Jazz giant Oscar Peterson died Sunday night in his Ontario home at age 82 of kidney failure. The program pays a special tribute to the pianist, who Duke Ellington called "beyond measure."
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December 24, 2007 Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, who grew up in Montreal and called Canada home for his whole life, has died at the age of 82. He led the Oscar Peterson Trio for much of the 1950s and collaborated with jazz luminaries Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Milt Jackson and others.
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December 24, 2007 Oscar Peterson, the jazz pianist who debuted in 1949 and performed with virtually all the great jazz musicians, including John Coltrane and Billie Holiday, has died.
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September 2, 2005 Hear a concert by Oscar Peterson and others from the NPR Jazz archives, originally broadcast in 1982 and posted on the Web site in 2005 as a celebration of Peterson's 80th birthday. The concert features solo performances, as well as Peterson's trio and an appearance by Herbie Hancock.
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February 21, 2003 As a youngster, Oscar Peterson remembers sneaking downstairs while his parents slept so he could to listen to jazz on the radio. Years later, the pianist found himself accompanying many of the artists he first heard as a kid, including Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young and Dizzy Gillespie. Hear the second part of the interview.
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February 20, 2003 Host Bob Edwards talks with Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. He is internationally known as an accomplished soloist, group member and accompanist, having worked with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday. Hear the first part of the interview.
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August 1, 2001 Oscar Peterson learned piano from his father, beginning a career in which he became world famous for his strong technique and powerful sense of swing. He is best known for the trios he put together in the 1950s and 1960s. On this album, The Peterson Trio shows why it ranks with some of the best small groups in jazz.
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September 17, 1999 Commentator John McDonough remembers this night 50 years ago when a Canadian pianist named Oscar Peterson made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We hear from the man who made it possible: jazz impresario Norman Granz. Peterson had been reluctant to perform, so the performance was not announced in advance: Peterson was called up from his seat in the audience during a jazz show to play. He went on to become a sensation.
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