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Oscar Peterson Trio Live

Oscar Peterson

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Sweden 1963, Denmark 1964, Finland, 1965



Oscar Peterson, piano
Roy Eldridge, brass On some tunes, Clark Terry
Ray Brown, bass
Ed Thigpen, drums

Oscar could swing - obviously - but where did he get those chops?

Well, his classical technique came on a direct line straight from Franz Liszt. His teacher in Montreal Paul de Marky was a student of István Thomán who studied with Liszt.

From childhood on, Peterson was at the keyboard six hours and more a day.

Being exposed to Art Tatum blew his mind, so much so that he gave up the piano for a few weeks. He came back but remained humbled by the experience his entire life.

Peterson also credited his sister Daisy Sweeney, a noted piano teacher, who worked with a number of jazz musicians with helping advance his fluency on the keyboard.

His professional career started at 14 and lasted over sixty years including thousands of concerts and performances.

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