This is my last review for November’s mini-challenge with the Book Mine Set. I have really enjoy reading about Oscar just as much as about Justin Bieber and the other few that I read this month!
Alex Barris does a splendid job writing this musical biography of Oscar Peterson, one of Canada’s GREAT Jazz musicians. I just love his music and could listen to it for hours while sipping on a glass of port.
On February 24th, 2002, Oscar Peterson received two distinguished honours. The first was the “Musician of the Century” award from Bosendorfer Piano Company of Austria. The second honour was the induction into the Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame. These accolades complement a long list of Juno and Grammy awards, keys to cities, and the Order of Canada.
Oscar Peterson is the master of the jazz piano. He has recorded over 200 albums over a career that spans some six decades. Music is the consuming passion in Peterson’s life. And so it is at the heart of this biography.
Oscar Peterson was born in Montreal where he studied under the tutelage of his first piano teacher sister Daisy. It is hard to believe that a boy with such humble beginnings can end up at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Philharmonic. But so many greats started very slowly and then became great.
I am extra proud of Oscar Peterson because I was also born in Montreal. It is GREAT to know that such a wonderful Jazz musician was also brought up in Montreal.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth