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Jazz Legend Oscar Peterson Dies at 82

Remembrances

Jazz Legend Oscar Peterson Dies at 82

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Oscar Peterson, the man who Duke Ellington called the "Maharajah of the Keyboard," died of kidney failure at his home on Sunday. We remember the legendary jazz pianist with his 1986 recording of "If You Only Knew."

NEAL CONAN, host:

You will hear several remembrances before this day is over of jazz great Oscar Peterson, the man who Duke Ellington called the Maharajah of the Keyboard. He's dead at the age of 82. We thought of fitting that just to talk about him but to listen to his fingers coxing notes from the ivory box.

Here's Oscar Peterson playing "If You Only Knew" from a recording in 1986.

(Soundbite of song, "If You Only Knew")

CONAN: Oscar Peterson "If You Only Knew." More on the life and artistry of the jazz great later today on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, NPR News in Washington.

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