Oscar Peterson Passes
December 24, 2007 at 11:54 AM (PT)
The jazz odyssey is over for OSCAR PETERSON. The CANADIAN known globally as one of the most spectacularly talented musicians ever to play jazz piano has died at age 82.
PETERSON died SUNDAY night in at his home in MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CBC NEWS has confirmed.
Renowned for his speed and virtuosity as a pianist, PETERSON, who was born in MONTREAL and later made TORONTO his home, made hundreds of recordings in his career, even after a stroke in 1993 disabled his left hand.
Over the years, his recording and performing partners included such stars as CHARLIE PARKER, ELLA FITZGERALD, DIZZY GILLESPIE, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, DUKE ELLINGTON, COUNT BASIE, NAT KING COLE and STAN GETZ.