Oscar Peterson receives the Glenn Gould Prize
Oscar Peterson was a giant in every sense of the word. Standing well over six feet tall, he'd even been mistaken for a football player. But there's no mistaking his brilliance on the keyboard. His dazzling technique combined with his swinging style made the Montreal native, as one critic remarked, the best damn jazz pianist in the whole world. Oscar Peterson died on December 23, 2007. He was 82.
Peterson in return delights the luminaries gathered at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio with a rare live performance. Peterson performs several pieces with the backing of his legendary trio: Ray Brown and Herb Ellis along with Jeff Hamilton on drums.
• Oscar Peterson described meeting Glenn Gould on TVOntario's Daytime program. "I met him once. We were talking about doing a show for the CBC here... we were in the throes of putting the show together... as to what we were going to do musically and otherwise and I was made aware that very day he died."
• A few days before the Glenn Gould award ceremony, Peterson suffered a mild stroke during a performance in New York. The stroke weakened his left arm. Despite his fragile state, he came onto the Toronto stage in a wheel chair, Peterson gave a dazzling performance.
• Peterson nominated American pianist Benny Green, for the first ever Glen Gould International Protégé Prize.
• Following his stroke, Peterson cancelled his upcoming European concert tour, under doctor's orders.
• It would be almost two years before he played again in public. Oscar Peterson: A Musical Biography by Alex Barris, (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2002)
• Peterson has had arthritis in his hands since the 1970s. It's a condition that runs in his family.
• The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded every three years to an individual who has earned international recognition for exceptional contribution to music.
Program: Arts National
Broadcast Date: May 10, 1993
Host: Augusta LaPaix, Margaret Pacsu
Last updated: January 27, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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