Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
Born: August 15, 1925
Died: December 14, 2007
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec
Oscar Peterson is considered one of the foremost jazz pianists in the world.
At an early age, Peterson was encouraged by his parents to take up music.
He continued studying music and learned to play a number of instruments
Peterson learned on the piano as a classical pianist under the tutelage of Paul de Marky.
He entered and won a CBC amateur contest and was given his own 25-minute program.
Playing in the Alberta Lounge, Oscar Peterson began impressing Americans that were visiting on holidays.
Peterson then signed a recording contract with RCA and made several tours across Canada.
He was drawn to the United States and signed a contract that made Norman Granz his manager.
Granz proved to be an excellent manager and had Peterson in 1951 sign under the Verve recording label.
Oscar Peterson, in addition to performing in trios across several continents, began having success as a composer.
He has received numerous awards for his musical compositions and in 1978 won a Canadian Film Award for his
score in the movie "The Silent Killer"
In 1984, Peterson was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Oscar Peterson, after suffering a stroke in 1993, continued to make some appearances on television and in clubs.
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