NOV/DEC COMPOSER OF THE MONTH
Considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all times, Oscar Peterson was well-loved by millions across the world. Duke Ellington called him the “Maharaja of the keyboard.” He started his piano career with classical piano and at the age of 14 won a talent show which expanded his opportunities. He slowly added a season of boogie-woogie which moved into swing and bop styles. His brilliance at the piano was shown by the way he displayed incredible dexterity, speed, outstanding rhythm, and transitions between styles. He is known for a singing voice that was nearly identical to Nat King Cole. Oscar composed, performed, improvised…he recorded multiple albums and played in hundreds of concerts throughout his over 60 year career. PURE FUN TO LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC – will make you smile!
Check out a little piano lesson he gives here to get a sense of his style and personality (OSCAR PIANO LESSON).
Check out this fantastic performance of an entire piano piece (OSCAR PIANO PERFORMANCE).