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Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era:
Here's Peterson with Ella Fitzgerald, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jo Jones featured in a 24-minute clip of concert footage from Amsterdam in 1957...
Here's Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown playing A Gal in Calico in Amsterdam in 1958...
And here's Peterson with tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Bobby Durham playing Polka Dots and Moonbeams in 1969...
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open