was a jazz piano virtuoso, one of the greatest of all time. Called "the Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington
, he won eight Grammy awards, blazed a trail by playing with a racially integrated trio, and passed his knowledge on to a new generation as a respected teacher. He played with many of the biggest names in jazz – Ella Fitzgerald
, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday
, Anita O'Day
, Fred Astaire
, Count Basie
, Stan Getz
, Dizzy Gillespie… the list goes on and on.
Five years ago today, just before Christmas, Oscar Peterson died. Today is a fitting day to remember him and the way he used his musical skill to celebrate the season. Here are a few of our favorite Oscar Peterson takes on holiday classics.
O Christmas Tree
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Let it Snow
Written by Linnea Crowther