The Tribute Concert to be Broadcast Live by CBC Radio
TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Multi-Grammy Award winner and consummate song
stylist Nancy Wilson will perform at Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best, a
memorial concert tribute to the great musician Saturday, January 12 at 4:00pm
at Roy Thomson Hall.
Quincy Jones and Phil Nimmons will share their memories of Mr. Peterson
as will Celine Peterson, Oscar's 16 year-old daughter. Mr. Jones is the
all-time most nominated Grammy artist (76 nominations, 26 awards) Emmy Award
recipient, and seven-time Oscar nominee. Phil Nimmons won the inaugural Juno
Award for best jazz album (The Atlantic Suite, 1977), received the inaugural
Toronto Arts Award in the music category (1986). He was appointed an Officer
of the Order of Canada in 1993 and National Jazz Awards in the clarinettist of
the year category in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Mr. Nimmons was Oscar's friend and
collaborator for over 50 years.
The 90-minute celebration of Mr. Peterson's life is free to the public
and is NOT a ticketed event. The doors of Roy Thomson Hall will open at 3:00pm
and the audience will be seated on a first come-first serve basis. The line-up
will be directed along King Street West. As there is limited parking, it is
advisable to use the TTC.
Previously announced speakers are Her Excellency the Right Honourable
Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada and avid pianist Bob Rae.
Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best will be broadcast live at 4:05pm -
6:00pm by CBC Radio One and Sirius 137 at 4:05pm ET - 6:00pm. The broadcast
will be repeated at 8:05pm - 10:00pm by CBC Radio Two and by SRC Espace
Musique 8:05pm - 10:00pm
Quebec pianist/singer/composer/conductor/radio host Gregory Charles,
whose one man show Noir et Blanc has delighted audiences in Canada, the United
States and Europe, has joined the list of outstanding performers for Oscar
Peterson - Simply the Best.
Magnificent soprano Measha Brueggergosman will join the Nathaniel Dett
Chorale, the University of Toronto Gospel Choir and the Sharon Riley and Faith
Chorale, under the musical direction of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist,
producer, director, composer and broadcaster Andrew Craig, to perform one of
Mr. Peterson's best-loved compositions Hymn to Freedom.
The band for the afternoon is composed of musicians who, for decades,
were colleagues and friends of Mr. Peterson: Jeff Hamilton on drums; Dave
Young on bass; guitarist Ulf Wakenius and Monty Alexander on piano.
Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best is produced by Brian Robertson, Chair
Emeritus of The Canadian Recording Industry Association and by the National
Arts Centre. The Oscar Peterson Tribute Committee is co-chaired by Peter
Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre, The Honourable Bob
Rae, past chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Mr. Robertson. The
Tribute Committee wishes to express its gratitude to Roy Thomson Hall and to
TDCanada Trust Music for their support and generosity.
Parking is extremely limited, and patrons are strongly advised to take
the TTC. The line up will extend west on King Street.
For further up-dates, please consult the Roy Thomson Hall website at
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