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Oscar Peterson

Biography

Oscar Peterson (pianist, composer,educator) was born August 15, 1925 in Montreal and passed away December 23, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario. Considered Canada’s greatest gift to jazz, during his storied six decade career he recorded over 200 albums, performed with many jazz legends as well as leading his famous trio with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. Among his many honours and accolades: 7 Grammy Awards including one for Lifetime Achievement, a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1984 (the highest degree) and Chancellor of York University in Toronto from 1991-94. His legacy lives on in scholarships and prizes awarded to deserving musicians and a school named in his honour in Mississauga.

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