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Oscar Peterson

In “Jazz at the Philharmonic”,
with Norman Granz (1950s)
Background information
Birth name Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
Born (1925-08-15)August 15, 1925
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died December 23, 2007(2007-12-23) (aged 82)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genres Jazz, bebop, hard bop, third stream, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano, clavichord, electric piano, synthesizer, organ, vocals
Years active 1945–2007
Labels RCA Victor, Mercury, MPS, Pablo, Telarc, Verve
Associated acts Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Norman Granz, Benny Green, Coleman Hawkins, Barney Kessel, Milt Jackson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Joe Pass, Ben Webster
Website www.oscarpeterson.com

I don't do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldn't care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
Oscar Peterson
If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you.
We're not like pop musicians who have to perform the same top ten tunes every night of a tour.
Oscar Peterson
You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.
Oscar Peterson
The music field was the first to break down racial barriers, because in order to play together, you have to love the people you are playing with, and if you have any racial inhibitions, you wouldn't be able to do that.
Oscar Peterson
I don't believe that a lot of the things I hear on the air today are going to be played for as long a time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.
Oscar Peterson
I am the worlds laziest writer.
Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play.
Oscar Peterson
I have no one style.
I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.
Oscar Peterson
It's the group sound that's important, even when you're playing a solo.
Oscar Peterson
Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing.
Oscar Peterson
I play as I feel.