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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Oscar Peterson: Beloved Canadian Jazzman

A week ago Oscar Peterson died, at age 82. He was a world renouned jazz pianist, one could argue the best ever. He is a Canadian, born in Montreal, and for many years a resident of my home town, Mississauga.

It took Canada a long time to fully embrace him and revere his great talent and acknowledge his love of Country and his contributions to the wider community. Canadians seem to be like this slow to embrace the great among us and only doing so after the rest of the World have done so.

In the last 20 years of his life Oscar Peterson received all the awards and honours Canada and Canadians can bestow upon a person.























This is a picture of the stamp the Government of Canada issued in honour of Oscar Peterson, he is the oly living person, other than royality, so honoured. But he was royalty in the Jazz community, called "the Maharaja of the keyboard." by Duke Ellington.

Oscar Peterson has left the World a wonderful legacy of his piano playing and music composition.
He will be particularly missed by the pupils of the Oscar Peterson Elementary School in Mississauga, with whom he seemed to have a special affection in the last years of his life.

One of the nice occasions this past week was to hear Diana Krall speak about her friend , Oscar.

Canada's lovely jazz singer got to know Oscar and became great friends.

Here are some web sites to visit to read, and hear, a little about the life of this remarkable man.


Wikipedia for an over view http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Peterson


An obituary in the Guardian http://music.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,2232131,00.html


From the CBC Archives a revealing half hour interview with Peter Gzowski http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-74-391-2317/people/oscar_peterson/clip9


And for Youtube fans, Dueling pianos with Herbie Hancock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IufLUxtDp_M&feature=related


The background music is one of Oscar Peterson pieces. For a treat find some of his music, among your own records or on the Internet and just listen.

10 Comments:

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Gattina said...

I think he earned all this honnors very much I love Jazz.
I wish you a Happy New Year and to all your animals too !

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I had never heard of him until another blogger posted about his death. He could certainly play!!!

Happy New Year to you!!!

 
At 2:27 AM, Blogger Gattina said...

Thanks for your comment on the latchkey kids !
Now it's the first day in 2008 and I did a little report about New Year's Eve and I found a hilarious video about Bush this morning. You really HAVE to see it ! It is (sadly) too funny !

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger oldmanlincoln said...

I like your selection today.

I also wanted to thank you for all of the visits to my blog in 2007. And to wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy 2008 from me and Patty.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger judie said...

I had not heard of him until now. It is nice of you to honor him. I recently received a package from a friend in Ontario, and it had on it 4 stamps honoring musicians/celebrities...Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, Joni Mitchell, and Ann Murray. Do you save stamps?

 
At 3:01 AM, Blogger Alyssa said...

Oh yes, Oscar will be missed! He's one of my favorite jazz pianists. I love the clearness of line and melody. Some musicians can turn pieces muddy and barely discernable. A very talented man.

Have a Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to more of your thought provoking and interesting blogs.

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Neva said...

Oh my....he is very good... we love jazz and we have heard of Oscar and his music before...he will be missed.

 
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