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His father taught music to all his five children, and Oscar began to learn piano and trumpet when he was five.
Two years later, severe tuberculosis ended his trumpeting and he concentrated on the piano.
Such a talent attracted every award going and among his seven Grammies was one in 1997 for Lifetime Achievement.
"Oscar Peterson is head and shoulders above any pianist alive today," said another doyen of the instrument, Hank Jones, in the early 1990s. He is the crowning ruler of all the pianists in the jazz world.
In fact, the best way to define the elusive quality of "swing" might be to use a Peterson performance as an illustration.
He had a deep knowledge of jazz history and could play two-fisted stride, or complex and intricate bebop.
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, pianist: born Montreal, Quebec 15 August 1925; married first Lillie Fraser (deceased; two sons, three daughters; marriage dissolved), second 1958 Sandra King (marriage dissolved 1976), third 1977 Charlotte Huber (one daughter; marriage dissolved), fourth Kelly Green (one daughter); died Mississauga, Ontario 24 December 2007 Following Oscar Peterson on stage at a concert in 1967, Duke Ellington remarked: "When I was a small boy my music teacher was Mrs Clinkscales.
The first thing she ever said to me was, 'Edward, always remember, whatever you do, don't sit down at the piano after Oscar Peterson'."In 1953, Nat King Cole said to Peterson, "I'll make a deal with you, Oscar.
His elder sister Daisy helped with his tuition and three years later Oscar began taking lessons in classical piano.
In an interesting link, he studied with Paul de Marky, a Hungarian pianist who had been a student in Budapest of Istvá* Tomá*, whose teacher was Franz Liszt.
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