Oscar Peterson Honoured in New Heritage Minute
The Canadian is "one of the most recorded and celebrated jazz musicians of all time"
Published Feb 18, 2021Years after being immortalized in downtown Ottawa, Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson has been honoured in a new Heritage Minute.
The 96th instalment in Historica Canada's long-running series of shorts briefly touches on Peterson's working class upbringing in Montreal, his introduction to music and how he would become "one of the most recorded and celebrated jazz musicians of all time."
"Oscar Peterson's music is timeless, and so is his story," Historica Canada CEO and president Anthony Wilson-Smith said in a statement. "From a childhood of poverty and battles against racial discrimination, he rose to become one of our most celebrated Canadians."
You can watch the short below, which stars Thompson Egbo-Egbo and Martin Roach.
Peterson passed away from kidney failure in 2007 at age 82. He released over 200 recordings across his career of over 60 years.