TORONTO, Dec. 24 /CNW/ - I was saddened to learn of the death of Canadian
music legend, Mr. Oscar Peterson.
Born in Montreal but making his home in Ontario, Mr. Peterson achieved
global legendary status throughout over 50 years in the music business.
Mr. Peterson's iconic catalogue of work placed him at the forefront of the
world's jazz culture. He was honoured by Ontario in 1992 when he was invested
with the province's highest honour, the Order of Ontario.
Known as arguably the best jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson recorded nearly
200 albums and entertained with other legendary performers including
Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Canada's
own Diana Krall. His natural talent and magnetic stage presence contributed to
the acclaim and awards he would receive throughout his life.
Oscar Peterson began playing the piano at age five and quickly evolved
into a professional musician. He encountered racism throughout much of his
life and even after a stroke in 1993 that disabled his left hand, he continued
to record and travel throughout the world.
I join all Ontarians in mourning the passing of one of our most talented,
beloved, and cherished musicians but we also celebrate his life and the joy he
has provided us over the decades with his illustrious music.
For further information:
For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7780, www.lt.gov.on.ca