Concert honours jazz pianist Oscar Peterson

Reply Mon 11 Jun, 2007 07:42 pm
One of the giants of jazz, Oscar Peterson will never be forgotten. His music is with us forever. He was unique his playing was always of the highest quality.
I often, late at night, fall asleep with his wonderful music.
Concert honours jazz pianist Oscar Peterson
Mon. Jun. 11 2007
NEW YORK -- Doctor's orders prevented Oscar Peterson travelling from his home near Toronto to attend a tribute concert featuring Wynton Marsalis and other jazz stars at Carnegie Hall - where the legendary jazz pianist launched his international career nearly 60 years ago.
"Even though he can't be here this evening and is quite disappointed about that, he sends his heartfelt thanks, his deepest appreciation and his love to all of you," Peterson's wife, Kelly, told the audience at the Fujitsu Jazz Festival concert honouring the 81-year-old "Master of Swing."
Peterson's daughter, Celine, recalled it was on the same stage her father's "amazing career began."
In 1949, jazz impresario Norman Granz invited a then-unknown pianist he had heard performing in a Montreal club to go to New York City for one of his Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts at Carnegie Hall. Peterson was brought up from the audience as a surprise guest to play a duet with bassist Ray Brown, overwhelming everyone with his dazzling technique and mastery of different jazz styles.
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Reply Tue 12 Jun, 2007 02:55 am
noinipo, although I cannot recall having heard him myself, my husband recognized him as one of the finest jazz piano players of all times. I am quite glad that Diana Krall and Elvis Costello consider him their hero.

Oscar plays Gershwin.

It ain't necessarily so
It ain't necessarily so
The t'ings dat yo' li'ble
To read in de Bible,
It ain't necessarily so.

Li'l David was small, but oh my !
Li'l David was small, but oh my !
He fought Big Goliath
Who lay down an' dieth !
Li'l David was small, but oh my !

Wadoo, zim bam boddle-oo,
Hoodle ah da wa da,
Scatty wah !
Oh yeah !...

Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale,
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale,
Fo' he made his home in
Dat fish's abdomen.
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale.

Li'l Moses was found in a stream.
Li'l Moses was found in a stream.
He floated on water
Till Ol' Pharaoh's daughter,
She fished him, she said, from dat stream.

Wadoo ...

Well, it ain't necessarily so
Well, it ain't necessarily so
Dey tells all you chillun
De debble's a villun,
But it ain't necessarily so !

To get into Hebben
Don' snap for a sebben !
Live clean ! Don' have no fault !
Oh, I takes dat gospel
Whenever it's pos'ble,
But wid a grain of salt.

Methus'lah lived nine hundred years,
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years,
But who calls dat livin'
When no gal will give in
To no man what's nine hundred years ?

I'm preachin' dis sermon to show,
It ain't nece-ain't nece
Ain't nece-ain't nece
Ain't necessarily ... so !
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