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Oscar Peterson was the big BUZZ in the late sixties when I first heard him. Big Buzz...I mean big. He was such a beautiful person, I wanted to hear more - so went to the Library and got every record I could to listen to how he did what he did. Just listening was an education. There were lots of DVDs showing him in concert and in Canada. I played them again and again - it was truly educational and marvelous to even watch!
Please know that his vibe stretches around the globe and his influence will be felt for many years to come.
becky friend - musician nyc
You really rocked!
WEEP NOT FOR ME
Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.
Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.
Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.
Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.
Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.
© Joe Fazio
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Beverly Hills, California
What a wonderfull gifted musician Oscar Peterson was and above all he will always always be in our hearts. I first heard Oscar Play in l955 when I bought a Verve Record that had him playing with Flip Phillips Gene Krupa Buddy Rich and all the greats. Man I knew right then and there that he was my boy my piano idol. He was incredible way back then and still today you can listen to anything by Oscar Peterson and still get the chills. I know he is in heaven now having a super tremendous jazz jam session with all of our boys. Oscar Peterson has never left us he is always with us. His piano expertise will be the measuring gauge for all piano professionals to emulate and try to come close. God Bless You Oscar Peterson we will forever love you and admire you.
Sixty years ago I had a steady baby-sitting job. Oscar walked in and out they went. I saw him quite often over the years. Now at 71 years old I have a lot of fond memories. He was always glad to sit, and talk about the old days. 'Til we meet again.
Ronni (Rhona Bowen) Shilson
Saskatoon SK ( previously Montreal North, Quebec)
What a tragic loss to the music industry, to Canada, America and the rest of the world who adored him and his work.
Became a fan of Oscar Peterson in the mid 40's during Jazz at the Philharmonic and have followed his
career all over the U.S. at various venues.
THANK YOU OSCAR FOR ALL THOSE YEARS
As a teenager, I was already a fan when I met Oscar, Ray Brown and Herb Ellis in 1953. Oscar was always striving for perfection and self-expression in many forms; he was a great artist, a fine human being, an active humanitarian and a proud Canadian who loved his country and wanted it to live up to the highest standards. When it didn't, he let us know and we were better for it. His abiding affection can be heard in his monumental "Canadiana Suite."
Oscar Peterson is simply irreplaceable.
Many good memories from Montreal High School, Johnny Holmes Orchestra at Victoria Hall on Saturday nights, and the Alberta Lounge listening to your wonderful piano playing.
Oscar Peterson was my firsthero from the world of jazz - I saw him in about 1960 when he made a tour of the UK with JATP, what a wonderful occasion. Even in his later years when he was clearly becoming frail he was always what he was, a great musician. Thank you Oscar Peterson.
As a fellow-born Montrealer I always swelled with pride when witnessing your outstanding life, filled with mighty achievements.
Condolences to your family. God Bless!
(Gus & Olive Este)
I can't thank you enough, Oscar, for your beautiful mastery of jazz..Driving past the Q.E.Theatre before his concert many years ago, my mother spotted him entering the side door alone, and excitingly exclaimed "look, there he IS!!", as if he was some kind of god..Sadly, she passed away in 2007 too, but he's probably playing up there much to her and others'delight!!
The music certainly did die on December 23, 2007. Thank you for your wonderful influence, Oscar. It's so hard to believe that you're gone. But you'll be remembered forever.
Thanks for the time we had together,” CORKY Chucks Composite New York 1963 “
How lucky I was to spend all that time next to you three My God Bless you
Praying that you'll be surrounded by God's comforting love and filled with the peace only He can give. God Bless You.
Thank you so much for so many years of incomparable artistry. As the song goes, "There will never be another you". God bless you!
I have heard that Nat King Cole said, "I'll stop playing the piano if Oscar stops singing." True story or not it has always meant to me that Mr. Peterson played amongst the stars.
My heartfelt condolences to the Peterson family.
My Sympathies to family and friends, during this time of grieving and sorrow, at the loss of such a talent.
Yes. God Blessed us with the gift of Oscar Peterson. Whose love for the arts and music shone so brilliantly. With those magic fingers. And the amazing way he made a tune jump to life.
YES!! YOU will be truly missed. But your music will go on and on and on. It can NOT help but be shared. No one should go without hearing him play his sweet vibrant music.
To You, Oscar.
We thank God for you.
We will miss this great man and musician! Awesome! Our prayers be with the family ...
While you are mourning the loss of a loved one, others are rejoicing to meet them behind the veil.
Jazz will never be the same without Oscar. His Legacy is his music, and it will live on until the end of time.
My sympathy to the family, friends, and fans of Oscar Peterson. Not only has the music profession lost one of the most valuable & talented jazz players of all time, the world has lost a kind, decent, and generous man. May the band play on in heaven for you, Oscar - keep them dancing!!
The brilliant artistry of Mr. Peterson will be with us forever. Any one who appreciates jazz has to feel sad about his passing. May his memory be as a blessing
I was 18 yrs old when I first met you OP. I'm 68 now. All these yrs you've been my idol & my friend. I cherish the times I watched & listened to your talent along with Ray & Herb. I will keep you in my heart always.
We have lost one of the fastest, most intelligent, powerful, and simply overall Greatest Musicians of All-Time. And when I say "one of", I don't mean the top 100, I mean Top 10. If it wern't for people like him, Bill Evans and Kieth Jarrett( to name just 2) would have never been able to exist. He was Truly a God.
GREAT GREAT GREAT, the only word to describe Canada's greatest gift to Jazz. Your music will live forever.
"Life is just one grand sweet song, so start the music." - R.W.R.
He has been taken into a greater nation, one with no pain and tears, and he will be blessed. He has made his name great, in the eyes of God and he has been a blessing to many through his music. May your family be blessed and know that the comfort in the arms of God is with you in this time of lost
I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to the great Oscar Peterson when he first came to Australia to play at the ill fated Embers Night Club in Melbourne, I found him to be a warm and gentle human being and of course a phenomenal pianist
Mr. Peterson had a wonderful gift of playing music and he will be missed by many ones who knew him and enjoyed his music. Losing someone is not easy but soon in the near future so close at hand Jesus will call out to our loved ones and will see these ones come back to life and we will be able to say as 1 Corinthians 15:55 says: "Death where is your sting?"
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
My Dad and his brother went to school many years ago with Oscar in St. Henri; my uncle having gone all through school with Oscar. Wonderful stories and memories of Mr. Peterson through the years. Both my Dad and my uncle have passed on but not before the stories being told to this generation. May his family enjoy the memories of a wonderful life well-lived and many people having admired and enjoyed listening to this very talented man. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, sir.
I will never forget the first time I saw him play live at the Blue Note in 1989. Awed first by his magnificence and later, his kindness. I miss you already. Thank you for all the years of phenomenal music.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
To the Peterson Family. Please except my condolences. My cousin Betty Roche also had the pleasure of being in his company in the Jazz world. Now they can really have Jammin Set. God Bless You All.
My heartfelt sympathy to the Peterson family in the loss of Oscar.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Oscar was a true giant in jazz and a wonderful human being. No one can replace him. He will be dearly missed.
Music a Beautiful Gift From God
Oscar received a gift that brought his listener pleasure. He will be missed. Life is also a gift from God and promise that there is going to be a "resurrection"(John 5:28,29) to life. What a Joy it will be to hear Oscar play music again is Paradise on earth.
TO;the Peterson family my family and i want to send our condolences,to family and friends of Mr.Peterson.The bible tells us at john 11;225,26;.Jesus said to her(Martha)"I am the resurrectin and the life. "He thayt exercises faith in me,even though he dies,will come to life.This what the true God has said.
My father was a professional pianist, and always admired Mr. Peterson as one who played to perfection. When Dad was`passing, we played cassettes of Oscar Peterson at his bedside to ease his transition. I hope he gets to meet Oscar is the next life, and that they may enjoy a duet together. Thank you for the fine tribute articles.
Oscar Peterson left a lasting impression on me the very first time I heard one of his recordings in college. I've been dazzled by his prowess and craftsmanship ever since. The jazz galaxy has dimmed a bit with the loss of this star, but our loss is Heaven's gain. Thank you, Oscar! God bless you!
I was fortunate enough to catch five of Oscar's performances over the last 10 years (in NY City & various California venues). His music has held a special place in my life. His presence will be missed, but his contributions as an artists are timeless.
We will all miss Oscar. He was simply the best.
I first heard Oscar Peterson at the London House in Chicago way back in the sixties. I was a teenager, and into jazz. It was a small club, I couldn't have been more than 20 feet from him! Oscar was, without a doubt, my favorite pianist then, and he has remained so all these years.
I saw him recently at Ravinia. He was clearly struggling. The ideas were pouring out of him, but his poor hands could not do them justice on the keyboard. I cannot imagine how much strength and perseverance it took for him to continue to play.
I used to have dreams that I could play the piano, and in those dreams I was always playing like Oscar. It was the closest I have ever come to pure joy.
I cannot imagine the world without him. Thank you Oscar, for all the pleasure and amazement you brought me.
We were saddened to hear of Oscar's death. His music made an unforgettable contribution to our world. May he rest in peace.
My mother and I had the privilege of meeting and hearing Mr. Peterson play at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. He was an amazing man, jazz musician and unique talent in a class all of his own. Although we will not have the honor of seeing him in person any longer, we can take comfort in knowing that we can hear him whenever we choose. You will live on for decades to come Mr. Peterson - the man may pass on, but his music "lives" on forever. My deepest condolences to Mr. Peterson's family - take comfort in knowing that he will always be with you in his music, his kindness and undeniable spirit.
Among the finest men to grace this earth - to see and listen to Oscar Peterson play the piano is one of the most wonderful memories in my life.
Farewell and Thank You.
In the early forties Oscar played with the Johnny Holmes orchestra at the Westmount Victoria Hall's saturday night dances for teenagers. It was always a treat to hear him play and dance to his music.
The Best in the World!
Rest in peace!
you will truly be missed. I was just overwhelmed when I first heard Oscar Peterson play, his touch on the piano keys were Magical!
So very sorry to see you go, but Heaven has gained the very best in the world of Jazz, Ella, Sarah,I am sure that you too are rejoicing to have him home at last
Your memory and legacy will live on for many, many years. Thank you for the gift you shared with the world.
The Bible assures us: “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34:18)
“Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, and he himself will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22) If talking out your feelings with a sympathetic friend can help, how much more will pouring out your heart to “the God of all comfort” help you!—2 Corinthians 1:3.
dear Oscar, as a pianoplaying kid I heard you at first in the mid sixties and was really estonished by your playing, it was the best taste of jazz for me ever.
Thank you for the years of wonderful sounds of music.I still have many old records of Oscar that I still enjoy. He will be missed by many.
This great artist changed my life. My first time seeing Oscar Peterson was solo piano for a CBC radio concert, at the Manitoba Centenial Concert Hall. My father and two brothers were with me. We are all pianists, my father classically trained from Germany. We were in awe with the superb performance of Oscar and compared him to the likes of Franz Lizst. At the time I had been studying jazz guitar with Lenny Breau but Oscar's influence brought me back to the piano. I later tuned the pianos at that very concert hall but never had the opportunity to tune for Oscar. I play and improvise on his compositions to this day. His music has influenced me the most.
To Oscar's family and children: The music world will certainly be a lesser place without him. I've admired his many works I've listened to over the years and had the privilege of attending one of his live performances with my son at the TD Jazz Concert Series. As Oscar slowly crossed the stage to his piano, I pointed to him and told my son: "Look, there's a living legend right before your eyes".
If our fondest imaginations come true, I'm sure Art Tatum will have a piano tuned and waiting for Oscar's arrival. The music has only begun.
Igrew up listening to Your Music;it always made Me feel good;Thank You,God Bless You and Keep You!
Igrew up listening to Your Music;it always made Me feel good:Thank You!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Music is a gift from Jehovah. Oscar really was blessed. God promises that we will all be able to grow and develop our talent in his kingdom. Their it will be no more death, sickness, or pain. Jesus will make all things new.(Rev.21:1-4)
The heavens are filled with music now.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
What a Great Artist he is, never
shall he be fogotten!!
What a wonder on the keys. We thank you for your contribution to jazz, Mr. Peterson.
God grant the world peace and comfort in the loss of such a great talent. We will be thankful for the musical legacy he left behind.
My deepest sympathy to the family. He was a great musician,(As I was myself).
I was just 17, a high school senior and just finished a high school track event at UConn in the spring of 52. I had a 46 Pontiac and some older friends who were attending UConn,wanted a ride home. We lived in Bridgeport, Conn. On the way home they talked me into taking them to NYC to make the jazz scene. They were surprised I was into jazz. After getting my Mom's approval, off we went. Birdland, Bop City and others. And then the 52nd. St Club. That is where I saw Oscar, Ray and Ed Thigpen. I heard alot of Oscar, but to see those fingers move across those ivory keys like lightening was amazing. That is one of my most fond memories of Oscar. He will be missed. He is already missed. Farewell Oscar. Thanks for the memories and the music you left us to remember you.
From the Emanon Jazz Society, Alberta Lounge,Latin Quarter & JATP at the Forum. To talking to you in Toronto, Gander & Montreal,you were a good friend. The Jazz world has lost another Giant. God speed!
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
To the Peterson family.
With great pleasure and admiration I have listened to Mr. Peterson's music and performances. I've seen most of his performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and several solo concerts in The Netherlands. He has made our musical life very beautiful.
May he rest in peace, and much strength and courage to his family and friends.
Your music has touched me profoundly and will so always. I will remember you forever with your legacy of musical artistry. My condolences to your family. I share your grief.
Without a doubt the most accomplished piano player of our times. A piece of Jazz history has passed but left behind so much for us all to enjoy. Enjoy his music.
Thank you so much for all the pleasure your work has given over the years... a truely, stunning musician.
To the Peterson family -
What a great loss to the music world as well as the world, in general. May he rest in peace.
Big, big part of my musical interest for most of my life. Mr Peterson will live on and on in my house as long as I have the choice to pick the music.
Your music will live on for others to enjoy and learn from for years. Rest in peace, sleep on take your rest.
Wow! Oscar Peterson was a great man. He signed a diploma at my mothers graduation many years ago.
I remember him very well. What a wondeful person!
To the man, the legend, Oscar Peterson: Thanks for all of the great music and memories. I hope to hear your music if I get to heaven.
A few years back, Oscar performed in Toronto to a sold-old crowd. As soon as he appeared on stage, everyone was on their feet, clapping and crying, as he moved to the piano. I was so proud to have been part of that audience. He is going to be deeply missed.
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
I first heard his music in college
down at Southern U.,B.R., La. in
the 60's. It was love at first sound. He was so cool! My heart goes out to his family.
Kansas City, Mo.
Rest in peace my friend.Your music will always inspire me.
We shall miss this marvelous musician; the likes of him are slowly disappearing from our scene. So glad my daughter & I had the honour of meeting him some years ago. Thanks G_d, we can still listen to his wonderful talent.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
We are so sorry to hear of this huge loss to the musical community.
Deepest regards from Carol Britto & Karen Britto Carter
Thank you for years of helping me relax and feel hip. My children will grow and enjoy your gift.
REST IN PEACE, OSCAR PETERSON
There are a number of great pianist and then there was Oscar Peterson. He was in a class by him self. Rest in peace.
Thank you for your will to swing. My condolences to your family and loved ones.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr Peterson last year at Yoshi's in the San Francisco Bay area. He has always been my idol having growned up in St Henri section of Montreal. The angels are singing along with his wonderful music.
Rest In Peace, Dear Prince.
No musician have ever influenced me as much as how Oscar did.
I was 5 years old when I heard my first recording of Oscar and I remember that i felt it was the most beatiful music i had ever heard.
Oscar´s music have been my backbone throughout my musical life.
What has always been amazing how obvious Oscar´s heart have been hearable through his fingers.
An intensity for life everybody should have.
From the heavens you shall play on and we will be listening.Our love for you shines on.
Dear Mr. Peterson - Once lived - your musical phrasing present a voice of love, a touch of class, a cascade of elegance against a jazz backdrop of rythme and blues.
How can I thank-you enough for opening the windows of heaven and setting the table for the likes of Billie and Bird, Louie and Ella, Dizzy and Pass.
Can I ever release you and let you go?
I will continue to go back again and again re-living each lovely turn.
And I will shed a tear, and thank the good Lord, knowing all things must pass.
And I can hope the love I feel each time I hear your gracious and tender voice, the music of your soul mixed with His anointing oil, will spill over and lighten up one more captive heart and lead it to that secret place where death cannot reach and sorrow will no longer need the comfort of your sound.
You will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Oscar, the world is already far too quiet without you. Rest easy.
One of my favorite musical journeys is on your Night Train. On my first trip, you took me to places I didn’t know I wanted to go. I was entranced. I was transported. Now, I make the journey often, and it is wondrous each time. Travel well Mr. Peterson; you will be well missed.
A great talent and a huge inspiration to an entire family. Thank you Oscar.
My condolences to Oscar's loved ones. We have lost another great one. I bought "Night Train" many years ago.I've been a fan ever since. Rest In Peace.
60 years ago, when I went to the High School of Montreal, I used to walk down University Avenue after school and would look in to the small 'bistro. where Oscar was playing/practising and marvelled at my first sound of 'jazz'. So sad to see it at and end ...
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE MUSIC. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING YOU IN THE LATE 50'S AT THE FAMOUS "STOREYVILLE" IN BOSTON.
Oscar Peterson's name is on my graduation diploma from York University. It was my pleasure that he was the Chanceller when I graduated many years ago. He shook my hand and said congratulations. He had a gentle touch for such a strong figure. I remember my graduation when I received my Bachelor of Education degree, not for the degree, but because I was honoured to have Oscar Peterson shake my hand and put his name on my diploma. I cherish my dipoloma to this day because of that. His warm smile and gentle handshake which I clearly remember will be missed.
Thank you for all that you have done.
I was with Sam Bufalini at the North Vancouver gig with Joe Pass in 1985. I shook Oscar's hand thanks and he laughed when I remarked on how long his fingers were; his hand swallowed mine.
I can still hear the music of that night in my dreams, where Oscar now lives forever.
Oscar lives on in his music. My condolences to his family.
The heavens surely sound sweet tonight. The Great Jazz man has left an unforgettable mark on Jazz as we know it.
Oscar Peterson...the synonym of professionalism, artistry, talent and grace. I started listening to Mr. Peterson 35 years ago. I never had the privilege to see him in person. Although, his music has been a part of my life all of those years.
Thank you for a well-spent life giving the gift of music. Thank you for the incredible compendium of music you left for the world to enjoy. For music, yours included, is the only heavenly thing on earth. Possibly, it will be the only earthly thing in heaven.
I look forward to a close up of you during the golorius ressurection. Rest in Peace.
REST IN PEACE, OSCAR PETERSON
Thank God for giving us Oscar Peterson! His huge impact makes the world a better place.
Thank you for the music - Rest in Peace
you have my deepest sympathy from thomas kirkendolph and family
My condolences to Oscar's loved ones. Oscar, you're inspiration will live on for a long, long time.
Thank you for the enjoyment our efforts gave me and mine. I know you're making them hum and smile over there.
many will try to play like you,but no one will ever be as good.Good bye Mr. Peterson you will never be forgotten
My 11 year old daughter cried when she learnt of Oscar's passing.
It was said he loved children!
I think it was the over way 'round also!
Dank je wel voor alles wat je voor mij betekende; een voorbeeld virtuoso, een leraar cantabile en een groot mens en musicus. Ik zal je nooit vergeten.
Soft Winds forever.
You were my first record of Jazz I was given and artist that introduced me to Jazz. It was and still remains my favourite. I also heard you at the 1988 Olympics, in Calgary. Thank you for sharing your talents, love of music and creating history for us all to enjoy and remember.
He lives on, in his spirit and music. Condolences to you his loved ones. We too have lost a treasure. Thank you for the memory of your family on The Train Trip.
My father, who also just recently passed away, was a tremendous jazz fan. He introduced me to Mr. Peterson's work and I have been an admirer of his exceptional work ever since.
Mr. Peterson's outstanding legacy and his amazing contribution to music will be remembered forever.
My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences.
The Oscar Peterson sound.. Something about Canada in you. No matter where you heard him, you knew that was Oscar Peterson! I have been carried on that soothing sound for almost 50 years.
Oscar, You will always be one of the chosen few.
My life long connection to Oscar Peterson began in utero--my mother played his records without stop during her pregnancy, and I took to his chops like a baby wolf.
At 19, as a young au pair driving les enfants a l'ecole in Paris, his version of "Girl Talk" would open the 9AM RTF broadcasts--a lonley undergrad thousands of miles away from home felt safe and happy.
I saw every performance he made at Ravinia, and introduced him to everyone I ever kissed.
His music was the soundtrack of my life...
I am sad beyond measure; my sympathies and condolences to his family.
I will never forget a visit Mr. Peterson made to Vancouver in 1982 or '83 and what a joy it was to hear him speak and listen to his music.
He is a legend and will stay one forever.
As an accordion player, I always admired your musical diversity. Jazz has lost a great piano player.
Sadly, I never got to hear Oscar in a live performance, but his many recordings will provide a legacy to his great piano talent for many ages to come.
god rest your soul and your musical spirit. You have influence so many over the years and will ever be the giant in all of our aspirations to be as great as you. May you go in peace and let your legacy prevail for eternity.
thanks so much
Berklee College of Music
Your music has brought happiness and meaning into so many lives. You will always have a place in my heart and soul along with the other greats in music history. To me you are more than a great jazz man, you are a great musician period who deserves his place alongside the others who have gone before you. Thank you, Oscar!
Seeing you share the stage with Joe Pass in North Vancouver in 1985 was one of the great musical experiences of my life. Thank you, Oscar, see you on the other side.
The first time I heard Mr. Peterson perform was his trio, featuring himself,Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. That bonded me to his music forever. Bless him for the world being a better place because of his presence.
Just want to say so sorry Canada, you've lost an absolute legend.
Oscar's live recordings of the 1970s are surely among the most wonderful pieces of music ever recorded.
He'll be sorely missed on this side of the Atlantic as well.
RIP Oscar and thank you.
Oscar you were the best with the fastest fingers. It was awesome watching you play in person, almost unbelievable! Another great Montrealer to remember. We will never forget you.
YOU WERE A TRUE CANADIAN. ONE OF THE GREATEST JAZZ PIANIST EVER, AND A TRUE ROLE MODEL TO MANY MUSICIANS.
Truly a legend in our time!
WRFG,89.3,Jazz To Soothe Your Soul on Monday 10PM to 12AM will decated tonight (12/24/07) Christmas Program to the great Oscar Peterson. We thank you for the very best jazz over the last 60 plus years.
When I was a kid in Montreal (Westmount) Oscar Peterson came to Queen's School and played for us. WOW! Some fifty or so years later the memory of this important celebrity’s visit is still alive.
GREAT LOSS TO THE MUSIC WORLD. HE WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST.SAW HIM MANY TIMES WITH GREAT ENJOYMENT.A GENIUS.
In 2000, the National Library of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada) mounted a major exhibition on the life and music of Oscar, based on our collection of his papers and recordings. I had the privilege of visiting him at his home on several occasions to discuss it. I still want to know how he got that giant Bosendorfer piano into the basement! He was unfailingly gracious and alert to what was going on in the musical world. We have lost not just a great musician, but a great citizen.
The web site is worth looking at;
Oscar, you were a true Canadian treasure. I was lucky enough to see you perform with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Joe Pass around 1977 in Vancouver. Your music will make memories last forever...as will your beautiful stamp. Thank you Oscar, bon voyage.
I was once asked the question of what record/CD I would want to bring with me if I were on a deserted island. Without question, Oscar's "Night Train" would be my choice. Thank you Oscar for all you've done for the world.
Jazz will naver be the same with your passing. Thank you for what you gave us all who loved the music your played.
My sympathies to the Peterson family. Oscar brought much joy and happiness with his wonderful music. I first heard him play many years ago in Kingston, Ontario and have been a fan ever since. Rest in peace.
You were one of the greats in the jazz piano world. I remember the joy that you gave the Olympic massed choir sitting behing the stage in Calgary in '88.
Oscar Peterson's rise to international celebrity is an encouragement to anyone coming from a working class background. He will always remain an exemplary role model for anyone who believes in him/herself. He was a gift to the world of music and a proud Canadian.
You enriched our lives and the world, and will always be remembered. Thank you for sharing your gift of music with us.
Boy, Ill bet that heaven is some Jazzy place with Oscar there along with the other bygone greats, I am looking forward to hear them performing one day. We love you all guys, There are no words to describe how you will be missed.
Oscar, play their ears off, Thank you.
Oscar became my musical hero in 1962 when I saw him for the first time on The Steve Allen Show. He will continue to live in my collection of 100+ recordings. May God grant peace to his soul and bestow rest to his family. I am most saddened as we all have suffered a major loss. Dr. Charles Garabedian Shrewsbury,MA
Thrilled with the music, and the beer between sets at the Alberta Lounge with Tom Spink.
The jazz world will miss you.
Oscar Peterson was a giant among jazz musicians and a great Canadian. He will always be remembered and his music enjoyed by generations to come.
Let's rename Mountain Street, home of Montreal's jazz scene in the 1940's when Oscar Peterson started out.
Oscar was a giant in the entertainment industry in Canada and throughout the world. I saw him once at Mother Martins many years ago.
We salute you, as always and may you rest in peace.
We will play your music and we will miss you
There will be one empty chair
We will long to see you proform
As we list to over the air.
I had the good fortune of meeting Ocscar in 1969 and spending a few hours with him. What a man!
Thank you for all you gave to us. Your music lifted our souls.
Pax um biscum....Tenderly.
Farewell Oscar, and condolences to all family. Thanks for 60 plus years of wonderful, inspiring music.
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Oscar Peterson, perhaps the greatest Canadian musician of the 20th century.
Long live Oscar Peterson through his recorded legacy!
I was introduced to Mr. Peterson's style of PIANO playing years ago and fell in love with everything he played.
Thanks for the memories!
I salute you OSCAR PETERSON!
Rest In Peace,
Oscar, I met you during a visit to Seattle. We shared music and love of the world, how sorely missed you'll be, the music world farewells you like you did your Mate's from the great Jazz era. RIP.
I first had the privlege of seeing Oscar perform at the Brown Derby Tavern in Toronto in 1959. I saw him again in Montreal in 1965/66 during a performance of Jazz at the Phil at Place des Arts.
I also have a copy of his first performance in the US at Carnegie Hall with Ray Brown at a Jazz at the Phil concert.There is an autographed picture of Oscar hanging on the wall of my living room.
He was a wonderful musician and made a great contribution to the art form in many ways. He was above all a dynamic human being and a great Canadian.
I liked one of his quotes"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" So true.
Thanks you for allowing me to share these thoughts.Ron Leigh
I am so sorry to hear that Oscar Peterson passed away yesterday. I am one of his many fans and collected most of his albums over the year. I owe my love of Jazz to him and was always so proud that he was one of Canada's and the world's best. My depest symphaties go out to his family and many friends. He will be sorely missed
MAY OSCAR'S FAMILY TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THOUSANDS WILL SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF.THE JOY HIS LIFE AND MUSIC BROUGHT TO ALL WHO KNOW I HOPE WILL TEMPER THE HURT.
THANK YOU OSCAR.TIME FOR SOME JAZZ I THINK !
Down here at the other border (Texas/Mexico), Oscar's music is constantly in heavy daily rotation at KTEP. All of the staff here pass along our condolences to Oscar's family, as well as the family he had at both Verve and Telarc International. Sometime after the new year we will have a memorial in honour of Oscar's achievements. The jam session in the sky receives one more jazz giant! R.I.P., Oscar...
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.