Herbie Hancock Joins Spectacular Line-up for Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Grammy/Oscar/MTV Video Award winner Herbie
Hancock 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
    A true icon of modern music, Mr. Hancock joins the spectacular list of
performers including multi-Grammy Award winner and consummate song stylist
Nancy Wilson, magnificent soprano Measha Brueggergosman, pianist/singer
Gregory Charles, vocalist, Hilary Kole, who recorded several songs with Oscar,
making her the first singer since Ella FitzGerald to do so. Chicago-based
vocalist, Audrey Morris, who enjoyed a musical relationship with Oscar for
over fifty years, will pay tribute to her friend.
    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) and the 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. Previously
announced speakers are Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean,
Governor General of Canada and avid pianist Bob Rae. Valerie Pringle is the
afternoon's Master of Ceremonies.
    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.
    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.

    A partial guest list from the arts and media communities includes:

    Shelley Ambrose, Publisher, Walrus Magazine
    Madam Justice Rosie Abella;
    Roger Abbott, Royal Canadian Air Farce;
    Austin Clarke, Giller Award-winning author;
    Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, Founder, Institute
    for Canadian Citizenship;
    Jack Diamond, architect;
    Denise Donlon, music impresario;
    Garth Drabinsky, producer;
    Atom Egoyan, director/producer;
    Michael Enright, host CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition
    Don Ferguson, Royal Canadian Air Farce;
    Mary Lou Finlay, broadcaster and author
    Sarah Fulford, editor, Toronto Life Magazine
    Peter Kent, Global Television;
    Arsinée Khanijian, actor
    Douglas Knight, President, St. Joseph's Media;
    Michael Levine, entertainment lawyer/producer
    Murray MacLauchlan, musician;
    Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent and anchor of CBC-TV's The National
    Lynden McIntyre, host of CBC-TV's the fifth estate
    Carol Off, host of CBC Radio's As it Happens,
    Janice Price, CEO Luminato Festival
    Jack Rabinovitch businessman and Founder of The Giller Literary Prize
    Lloyd Robertson, chief anchor CTV News;
    Albert Schultz, founding and artistic director, Soulpepper Theatre
    Matthew Teitelbaum, CEO Art Gallery of Toronto
    Veronica Tennant, film and theatre director

    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 updates, please consult the Roy Thomson Hall website at

For further information:

For further information: Maureen O'Donnell, (416) 929-1106,
mod1@ca.inter.net, Maureen O'Donnell Communications, 44 Charles St. West,
Suite 2216, Toronto ON, M4Y 1R7

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