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Oscar Peterson Trio Live
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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.
That's how we grow.