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Oscar Peterson Will Not Appear at his Tribute
(Published: June 05, 2007)

Mrs. Oscar Peterson and Celine Peterson, their daughter, will be present at "The Master of Swing" Tribute to Oscar this June 8th at Carnegie Hall in his place as he is not strong enough at this time to make the trip. This all-star program will pay homage to the man and his music. Oscar Peterson is thrilled about this historic event and wants to thank everyone involved for their participation in his honor. The tribute will be even more meaningful as it is long overdue and will be presented with Oscar Peterson's blessing and gratitude to all for their appreciation of his life in Jazz.

We all wish him well and the producers and artists promise to put on a show worthy of his great talent.

Concert Producers
Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta


Fujitsu Jazz Festival
OSCAR PETERSON to be ‘GUEST of HONOR’
‘All Star Program’ ---June 8th, 8 pm – ‘07
CARNEGIE HALL
First ever major concert tribute in America to Jazz Piano’s #1
MASTER of SWING !
Starring – Hank Jones, Billy Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Paquito D’Rivera, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash,
Houston Person, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Marian McPartland, Renee Rosnes, David Finck, Eldar, Florin Niculescu, Borislav Strulev,
& Dee Dee Bridgewater, Freddie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Hilary Kole
Roger Kellaway (Music Director)


At ‘82’, Oscar Peterson will be honored at CARNEGIE HALL ,well-deserved and overdue, for his brilliant career spanning 5 decades starting in Montreal as a child where he grew up and rising to international stardom. The concert is Sponsored by FUJITSU LIMITED and Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta. (List of all star program on second page…)

His career had him performing with Jazz stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, and Charlie Parker to name a few. Not bad for a quiet kid from Canada who took to the piano.

It all started in l942 in Montreal playing dance music with Maynard and Percy Ferguson and others, then to leading a trio by 1947 at The Alberta Lounge. It was a live broadcast there that Empresario Norman Granz heard on the radio, stopped his cab, and re-directed it to the club to meet Oscar. Granz was the Producer of Jazz at the Philharmonic. This meeting was to change Oscar’s life forever .

Granz made good on a promise to have Oscar perform at Carnegie Hall. It was 1949 and as part of his Jazz at the Philharmonic show at the great hall, he brought Oscar up from the audience as a surprise to perform with Ray Brown on bass which captivated the critics and audience. From here, Oscar Peterson joined Jazz at The Philharmonic and toured the world with Brown as a Duo and then adding Barney Kessel on Guitar as a Trio. They became the best in the field.

In the 50’s, Oscar Peterson was voted best pianist by Downbeat as he toured with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis and later with Ed Thigpen on drums, replacing Ellis on guitar.

After many recordings, Oscar wrote his first major composition, “Canadian Suite”, part of which will be performed at this concert tribute. He went on to tour extensively with Joe Pass on guitar and Niels Penderson on Bass. 100’s of recordings later and some especially great ones done in Germany , Oscar Peterson stands as a giant, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.

Better late than never, here at Carnegie Hall, we proudly salute this giant of the jazz piano -“Master of Swing” who, against many odds, proved that extreme talent wins out after all. His distinctive style and amazing virtuosity has carved him a place in history and a path for many to follow in his large foot-steps.


HANK JONES – An Oscar Peterson ‘favorite’ pianist !
CLARK TERRY – Longtime friend and one-of-a-kind trumpeter
WYNTON MARSALIS – Thrilled to honor the great one
BILLY TAYLOR- Another Jazz piano master
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER – Paying tribute to Ella and more
CHRISTIAN McBRIDE – The young Ray Brown
MULGREW MILLER – A favorite of all Jazz pianists
RUSSELL MALONE – Young guitarist a la the OP Trio
LEWIS NASH – An American top top drummer
HOUSTON PERSON – A Ben Webster of the tenor
JIMMY HEATH - Top tenor and friend
MARIAN McPARTLAND – Beloved by Oscar himself
PAQUITO D’RIVERA - Great great admirer of Oscar
RENEE ROSNES – Fellow Canadian jazz pianist
FREDDIE COLE – Not Nat, but here comes Freddie
ROBERTA GAMBARINI – New generation of serious vocalists
DAVE FINCK – Bassist in a class all his own
ELDAR – Flying fingers of a 20-year old
HILARY KOLE – A young and fresh voice
FLORIN NICULESCU - #1 Grappelli-style violinist from France
BORISLAV STRULEV – Beautiful Cellist
ROGER KELLAWAY, Music Director/pianist extraordinaire

“The Master of Swing” Tribute to Oscar Peterson will send lots of love his way through beautiful, swinging, and meaningful performances that will mark forever June 8th, 2007, as the day Oscar Peterson was paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall where it all started with that ‘surprise’ appearance on the great stage.

Tickets: Box Office or Carnegie Charge 212 247-7800 Or: www.carnegiehall.org




Submitted By: jazzears


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