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RIP Oscar – Monday December 24th, 2007

July 26, 2008
 I recently heard on the news that Oscar Peterson passed away today. My condolences go to his family, as he was a great man and musician. A quintessential Canadian; who as the child of immigrants, rose to the highest heights of his profession. He was simply the best at his craft.

It was said that when OP walked into a club the pianist simply gave the instrument over as no one could outplay Oscar.

I am listening to a pressing of "The Trio Live from Chicago" …this is when he was at his zenith with Roy Brown and Ed Thigpen. This man was sooo good.

I, and all jazz fans will miss him. He was an ambassador for Canada and basically a good guy, but we must rejoice with the music he made, as it will be with us forever.

The band in heaven has just added one great player and that famous Massey Hall session can now take place again. Man, I bet St.  Peter will be sitting in the front row.

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