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Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies, 82

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Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies, 82

Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies, 82

Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies, 82

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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."

JACKI LYDEN, host:

The jazz music community suffered a loss over the holiday. Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson died on Sunday at his home in Toronto. He suffered kidney failure. He was 82 years old. Oscar Emmanuel Peterson was born in Montreal on August 15th, 1925. His father, a self-taught musician and railway porter, insisted that all of his children learn music. Oscar Peterson was a prodigy of both trumpet and piano. His career lasted seven decades. Here's Oscar Peterson playing a tune called "Give Me the Simple Life."

(Soundbite of "Give Me the Simple Life")

LYDEN: That's jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, who died at age 82. If you want to hear more of Oscar Peterson's music as well as interviews with him, please go to NPR's music site npr.org/music.

(Soundbite of music)

LYDEN: On that's TELL ME MORE for today, host Michel Martin returns tomorrow. I'm Jacki Lyden and there'll be more talk from NPR News on TELL ME MORE tomorrow.

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