Peterson recorded with most of the jazz greats over the years. He played alongside giants like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Nat King Cole.
Peterson was born on August 15, 1925, in Montreal . Norman Granz, his influential manager and producer, brought him to New York City in 1949 for the first Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) tour. Peterson went on to lead two of the most popular jazz trios in the world, one with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis, the other with Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen.
Peterson had more than 200 recordings to his credit, along with eight GRAMMY® Awards, the Glenn Gould Prize in 1993, and, in June of 1999, he received the prestigious Japanese Praemium Imperiale Award. Despite having suffered a stroke, he continued to dazzle listeners around the world.
Peterson’s first recording for Telarc, The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio - Live at the Blue Note, was the recipient of the 1990 GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Group Instrumental Performance. Best known for his brilliant playing, he was equally accomplished as a composer. In 2000, Peterson teamed up with Michel Legrand for The Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite. Orchestrated and conducted by Legrand, The Trail of Dreams premiered in April 2000 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto . In 2001, Telarc released Oscar’s Ballads, a compilation focused on the hauntingly beautiful ballads written by Peterson over the past 10 years. The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio - Live at the Blue Note, a historic 4-CD collection of the pianist’s most treasured live recordings, was released in 2004. A 1998 recording, What’s Up? The Very Tall Band (with Peterson, Ray Brown and Milt Jackson), was released in 2007.
"To have been able to work with Oscar was a life long dream for us," says Bob Woods , Telarc’s President. "That we were able to make so many exceptional recordings with him in the difficult latter years of his life was a sign of his incredible strength and passion for his special kind of music making. Our highest thoughts go out to his family at this time, and our sincerest appreciation to Oscar for being able to be a part of his incredible journey."
The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio (1990) CD-83304
Saturday Night at the Blue Note (1991) CD-83306
Last Call at the Blue Note (1992) CD-83314
Encore at the Blue Note (1993) CD-83356
Side by Side (1994) CD-83341
The More I See You (1995) CD-83370
An Oscar Peterson Christmas (1995) CD-83372
Oscar Peterson Meets Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore (1996) CD-83399
Oscar Peterson Tribute Live at Town Hall (1997) CD-83401
Oscar in Paris : Live at the Salle Pleyel (1997) CD-83414
Oscar & Benny (1998) CD-83406
A Summer Night in Munich (1999) CD-83450
Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson : The Very Tall Band (1999) CD-83443
The Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite (2000) CD-83500
Oscar’s Ballads (2001) CD-83504
The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio - Live at the Blue Note (2004) 4CD-83617
Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson: What’s Up? The Very Tall Band (2007) CD-83663