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Still going: jazz pianist Oscar Peterson celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday, with a rare treat. The veteran jazz musician is the first living Canadian to be honored with a commemorative postage stamp.
posted by Smart Dalek (12 comments total)

 
first living Canadian to be honored with a commemorative postage stamp

- other than a Royal.

This is cool.
posted by dreamsign at 6:49 AM on August 17, 2005


Get his "Oscar Peterson - A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra"
posted by geoff. at 6:56 AM on August 17, 2005


Nice to see - truly a gifted man
posted by Psharden at 7:13 AM on August 17, 2005


I like his work. Some great records leading his trio and sideman with Milt Jackson and others.

>first living Canadian to be honored with a commemorative postage stamp
Canada Post issued a series of stamps for former hockey players. Jean Beliveau, Denis Potvin, Bobby Hull were alive when these were issued. And all six (Trottier, Stanley, etc.) in this issue were alive.
/canada post quibble.
posted by philfromhavelock at 7:39 AM on August 17, 2005


It's always striking how jazz players don't start to suck as they get old (I saw Sonny Rollins in concert about a year ago and it was fucking awesome). Whereas pop musicians usually suck before 40 (Sting, etc.). I think it has something to do with working in a commercial medium -- you can follow your ear if you're a jazz player, but if you're pop/rock your record company expects you to keep churning out exactly the same stuff.
posted by Tlogmer at 7:42 AM on August 17, 2005


Time to dust off "The Trio." Cheers, Mr. Peterson!
posted by gwint at 8:02 AM on August 17, 2005


Nice. My favorite of his recent-ish stuff is this one, with Roy Hargrove and Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen (who's mentioned in the above links a couple times). Damn good.
posted by gramschmidt at 8:42 AM on August 17, 2005


Hurray for Oscar! He is truly deserving of legend status.
posted by jeanmari at 9:04 AM on August 17, 2005


good catch, philfromhavelock.
posted by dreamsign at 9:07 AM on August 17, 2005


Thanks.
posted by philfromhavelock at 10:00 AM on August 17, 2005


Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson is a total must have. You Go To My Head and I Get A Kick Out Of You therefrom are incomparable.
posted by y2karl at 2:27 PM on August 17, 2005


Yay... I have been playing both Oscar Peterson and Oscar Brown Jr in my dj gig the past month or so. Double your Oscar double your fun
posted by edgeways at 5:20 PM on August 17, 2005


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