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The Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson was arguably the most successful Jazz pianist of all time, coming from humble roots and going on to achieve international stardom with countless accolades to his name. His notorious prowess at the keyboard to this day can astound, with rapid octave passages and almost impossible sequences of block chords making the piano sound more like a ‘big band’.
Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s and Festival favourite James Pearson was lucky to meet Peterson whilst in Barbados and his story of their rst encounter is highly amusing. In this ‘Portrait’ you will hear some of Oscar’s compositions and versions of Jazz Standards fused with anecdotes and historical facts. James’s own style of playing has been compared with Peterson by numerous journalists, and the Evening Standard said of his performance at Ronnie Scott’s, “Oscar would have loved it”.
Generously supported by Phyllis-Anne Dutton-Forshaw, Bryan & Tessa Pascoe and The Leconfield Restaurant & Bar