Jazz Icons: Oscar Peterson follows the incredible Oscar Peterson Trio through three years in three different countries, delighting audiences with their classic repertoire and their unparalleled musicianship. This legendary ’60s trio consisting of Peterson on piano, longtime partner Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums toured the world over, and are still considered one of the most formidable jazz combos ever. This DVD features a very early performance of Peterson’s signature tune “Hymn To Freedom,” as well as a special guest segment showcasing the amazing Clark Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn.
Liner Notes by Doug Ramsey
Foreword by Kelly Peterson
Cover photo by Jan Persson/ctsimages.com
Booklet photos by Jan Persson, Val Wilmer, Susanne Schapowalow, Gai Terrell
Total time: 86 minutes
One of my treasured memories is of an evening 34 years ago, when I attended an Oscar Peterson concert for the very first time. I had just completed my first year of university study, and he was playing at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY. My mother, brother and I, all fans of his, were so excited to be able to attend. The exhilaration of that evening remains with me still. To actually see this giant of the piano stride onstage with such grace, confidence, elegance and power was mesmerizing. And once he sat down to play, the entire audience was enraptured.
How amazing it was when, seven years later, I actually met Oscar Peterson in person. And then five years after that, we were married. What an adventure. And what great joy filled my life. - Kelly Peterson