Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best: A Concert Memorial Tribute to a Great Artist

    TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW/ - Oscar Peterson - Simply the Best, a memorial
concert tribute to the great musician will be held Saturday, January 12 at
4:00pm at Roy Thomson Hall. The 90 minute celebration of Mr. Peterson's life
is free to the public and will include performance, memories and film and
video highlights of his spectacular career.
    One of the world's best known and influential jazz pianists, Oscar
Peterson died at the age of 82 on December 23, 2007. A member of the Order of
Canada, Mr. Peterson's impressive collection of awards includes seven Grammys
and a Grammy for lifetime achievement. During his distinguished career, which
spanned seven decades, Mr. Peterson played with some of the greatest jazz
musicians including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie
Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
    Among his best loved compositions are The Canadiana Suite, Hymn for
Freedom, Bach's Blues and Nigerian Marketplace.
    The magnificent soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of the
internationally-acclaimed artists performing at Oscar Peterson - Simply the
Best. Among those remembering him will be Her Excellency the Right Honourable
Michaelle Jean. The Governor General will speak on behalf of Canadians who
loved the musician. Avid pianist Bob Rae will speak on behalf of the family.
The afternoon's host is one of Canada's best-known broadcasters Valerie

    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 for
their support and generosity.
    Further details will be released as they become available.

For further information:

For further information: Maureen O'Donnell, Maureen O'Donnell
Communications Inc., (416) 929-1106, mod1@ca.inter.net

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