Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
was born 1925
He began learning trumpet and piano from his father at the age of five, but by the age of seven he was focused on the piano. He soon developed a reputation as a technically brilliant and melodically inventive jazz pianist, and became a regular on radio. He first appeared at Carnegie Hall in 1949.
Some of his musical associates have included , Ray Brown[?]
, Herb Ellis[?]
, Ed Thigpen[?]
, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen[?]
, Louis Armstrong
, Ella Fitzgerald
and Joe Pass
. An important moment of his career was when he joined impresario[?] Norman Granz
's labels (especially Verve records[?]
), with which he was able to play with the major jazz artists of the moment.
His work has earned him seven Grammy awards over the years and he was elected to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1978.
His prolific recording output includes
- Exclusively for My Friends
- Canadiana Suite (1963)
- Hymn to Freedom (1964)
- Easter Suite (1984)
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