Personalities | Oscar Peterson | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, b. 1925)

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson made his name on ‘Jazz At The Philharmonic’ (JATP) tours in the early 1950s, and formed his own trio in 1952. His most famous line-up (1953–58) featured Herb Ellis (guitar) and Ray Brown (bass); he replaced the guitar with more conventional drums from 1958. His extravagant improvisations combined pre-bop and bop elements. He was a virtuoso technician until illness restricted his playing in the 1990s; he recorded voluminously, produced most often by his champion, JATP founder Norman Granz.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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