Legal name: Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered to have been one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.
- ^ Remarks by Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Bob Rae, Oscar Peterson Tribute - Simply The Best. Concerts On Demand. CBC Radio Two (January 12, 2008). Retrieved on January 13, 2008.
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- ^ Scott Yanow. "Oscar Peterson Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 28, 2007. . With typical modesty, Peterson hailed Art Tatum as the greatest jazz pianist, declaring: "Musically speaking, he was and is my musical God, and I feel honored to remain one of his humbly devoted disciples." Journal, Oscar Peterson, March 7, 2004; Jazz Professional, 1962, http://www.jazzprofessional.com/interviews/Oscar%20Peterson_Points.htm