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Oscar Peterson

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Considered one of the biggest jazz artists ever. He was granted eight Grammys and released over 200 recordings. He was a trumpeter and pianist at age group five until an instance of tuberculosis at age group seven pressured him to target exclusively within the piano. He triggered controversy in his period by developing trios which were racially integrated. His recording, Oscar Peterson in the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, from 1956 was regarded as a spotlight of his profession. He was wedded four occasions and fathered seven kids. He performed as an associated pianist to jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald.

Quick Facts


Full Name Oscar Peterson
Date Of Birth August 15, 1925
Died December 23, 2007, Mississauga, Canada
Place Of Birth Montreal, Canada
Profession Pianist
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Charlotte Huber, Sandra King, Lillian Fraser, Kelly Peterson
Children Celine Peterson, Sharon Peterson, Lyn Peterson, Oscar Peterson, Jr., Joel Peterson, Norman Peterson, Gay Peterson
Parents Kathleen Olivia John Peterson, Daniel Peterson
Siblings Daisy Sweeney, Chuck Peterson, Fred Peterson
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series
Nominations Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year, Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series
Movies Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar, The Silent Partner, Jazz Icons: Oscar Peterson: Live in '63, '64 & '65, Begone Dull Care, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Oscar Peterson Trio '77, Oscar Peterson Trio: The Berlin Concert, Oscar Peterson: Night in Vienna, Jazz Icons: John Coltrane: Live in '60, '61 & '65, Jazz Icons: Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57 & '63, Young Sinners, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Newport Jazz Festival 1962, Jazz-It!, Oscar Peterson Trio: London Concert: 1964, Jazz Shots from the East Coast: Vol. 1, Ben Webster: In Hannover: 1973, The Best of Jazz on TDK '07, Jazz Giants: Legends of Modern Music: Vol. 4
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Schoolmates with actor Christopher Plummer.
2Mississauga, Ontario, Canada [June 2007]
3March 2008: Posthumous honoree for the Canadian Songwriters' 5th Annual Gala, with Paul Anka.
4Among his many fans was musician Herbie Hancock.
5Born to Daniel Peterson, a porter, and his wife Kathleen Olivia John Peterson, a domestic worker, he grew up in Little Burgundy, a neighborhood in Montreal.
6Started as a trumpet player, but switched to the piano because a childhood tuberculosis left his lung to weak to blow.
7"Canadiana Suite" (1964) is considered his best known composition.
8Brother of music teacher Daisy Sweeney.
9Composed "A Royal Wedding Suite" for the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (1981).
10Child with Kelly Peterson: daughter Celine.
11For additional credits, see The Oscar Peterson Trio.
12Recipient of Order of Canada, as well as a Lifetime Grammy in 1997.
13Elected in the International Jazz Hall of Fame.
14Played both trumpet and piano at a young age, but after a bout with tuberculosis weakened his lungs, he focused on the piano.
15Often compared to piano great Art Tatum, his childhood idol.
16In 2005, he became the first living person, other than a reigning monarch to obtain a commemorative stamp in Canada.
17He had one child, Celine, with his widow Kelly. He also had three daughters (Lyn, Sharon, and Gay) and three sons (Oscar, Jr., Norman, and Joel) with his first and third wives.
18Father of seven children: four daughters (Lyn, Sharon, Gay, Celine) and three sons (Oscar Jr., Norman, Joel).
19Pictured on a Canada 50¢ commemorative postage stamp issued on 15 August 2005, his 80th birthday.
20Canadian jazz pianist and composer.
21Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1995.
22Had a stroke in 1993 that restricted the use of his left hand.
23Honored with the IMC-UNESCO Music Award (November 2000).
24Co-founded the Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, whose president he was from 1960 and 1963.
25He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 23, 1972 and the C.C. (Companion of the Order of Canada) on June 25, 1984 for his services to music.
26Winner of 8 Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award (1997).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Mass2015performer: "Easy to Love"
Le paradis2014performer: "Stardust" - as The Oscar Peteron Trio
Supernatural2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Hustle2013performer: "Blue Moon"
Bi no tsubo2013TV Series performer - 2 episodes
FringeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
It's Complicated2009performer: "Night and Day"
The Missing Person2009performer: "The High And The Mighty"
This Christmas2007performer: "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Away in a Manger"
Six Feet Under2005TV Series 1 episode
Criminal2004writer: "Roundalay"
Everybody Loves Raymond2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Blues2003TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Any Given Sunday1999performer: "WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE"
Trial and Error1997performer: "Teach Me Tonight"
That Old Feeling1997performer: "That Old Feeling"
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Corrina, Corrina1994performer: "YOU GO TO MY HEAD"
Indecent Proposal1993"Nighttime"
Bright Lights, Big City1988performer: "Bill" Instrumental, "Lovely To Look At" Instrumental
The Sound of Petula1974TV Series 1 episode
Play It Again, Sam1972performer: "Blues for Alan Felix" / writer: "Blues for Alan Felix"
Fritz the Cat1972"Yesterdays" 1952
Peterson Plays Farnon... ...Plays Peterson1969TV Movie performer: "Blues for Big Scotia", "Sunny", "Wave", "A Sleepin' Bee", "Let's Fall in Love", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Sally's Tomato", "Laurentide Waltz", "The Pleasure of Your Company" / writer: "Blues for Big Scotia", "Laurentide Waltz"
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fanfare1965TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Play It Again, Sam1972conductor - uncredited
Les tricheurs1958musician
The Tender Game1958Short musician: piano
Begone Dull Care1949Short musician: piano

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
34 South2005
Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite1979TV MovieOscar Peterson
The Wayne and Shuster Hour1964TV Series

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite1979TV Movie
Fields of Endless Day1978Documentary
The Silent Partner1978

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Improvisation2004Himself
Life and Times2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar1995VideoHimself
In the Key of Oscar1992Documentary
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
The Unforgettable Nat 'King' Cole1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Today's Special1982-1985TV SeriesHimself
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Steve & Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin1978TV SpecialHimself
The Lively Arts1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Oscar Peterson Invites...1977TV SeriesHimself
Piano Party1976TV SeriesHimself
Numéro 11975TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1974TV Series documentaryHimself
BBC Show of the Week1965-1974TV SeriesHimself
Iltatähti1973TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself
Wünsch dir was1972TV SeriesHimself - Jazz-Pianist
Magic Graz1972Documentary shortHimself
Nana International1971TV MovieHimself - Musician (as Das Oscar-Peterson-Trio)
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Peterson Plays Farnon... ...Plays Peterson1969TV MovieHimself - Pianist (as Oscar Peterson Trio)
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Newport Jazz Festival1968TV SpecialHimself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The London Palladium Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ella1964TV MovieHimself
The Lively Ones1962TV SeriesHimself
Parade1959TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Jazz Pianist
Music 551955TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014DocumentaryHimself
A Música Segundo Tom Jobim2012DocumentaryHimself
La mémoire des anges2008DocumentaryHimself
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
When I Fall in Love: The One & Only Nat King Cole2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 21992VideoHimself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 11991VideoHimself
The Wayne and Shuster Years1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Turn of the Tide1962Short documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993GeminiGemini AwardsBest Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-SeriesIn the Key of Oscar (1992)· Warren 'Slim' Williams


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#Quote
1A man's personality shows up in his music. If frustration has formed a cold attitude in a man, he plays that way. And he plays disjointedly - one way one night and another the next night. The way you play music is a tonal biography of yourself - your thoughts and feelings.


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