It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson was one of the greatest piano players of all time. A pianist with phenomenal technique on the level of his idol, Art Tatum, Peterson's speed, dexterity, and ability to swing at any tempo were amazing. Very effective in small groups, jam sessions, and in accompanying singers, O.P. was at his absolute best when performing unaccompanied solos. His original style did not fall into any specific idiom. Like Erroll Garner and George Shearing, Peterson's distinctive playing formed during the mid- to late '40s and fell somewhere between swing and bop. Peterson was criticized through the years because he used so many notes, didn't evolve much since the 1950s, and recorded a remarkable number of albums. Perhaps it is because critics ran out of favorable adjectives to use early in his career; certainly it can be said that Peterson played 100 notes when other pianists might have used ten, but all 100 usually fit, and there is nothing wrong with showing off technique when it serves the music. As with Johnny Hodges and Thelonious Monk, to name two, Peterson spent his career growing within his style rather than making any major changes once his approach was set, certainly an acceptable way to handle one's career. Because he was Norman Granz's favorite pianist (along with Tatum) and the producer tended to record some of his artists excessively, Peterson made an incredible number of albums. Not all are essential, and a few are routine, but the great majority are quite excellent, and there are dozens of classics.

Peterson started classical piano lessons when he was six and developed quickly. After winning a talent show at 14, he began starring on a weekly radio show in Montreal. Peterson picked up early experience as a teenager playing with Johnny Holmes' Orchestra. From 1945-1949, he recorded 32 selections for Victor in Montreal. Those trio performances find Peterson displaying a love for boogie-woogie, which he would soon discard, and the swing style of Teddy Wilson and Nat King Cole. His technique was quite brilliant even at that early stage, and although he had not yet been touched by the influence of bop, he was already a very impressive player. Granz discovered Peterson in 1949 and soon presented him as a surprise guest at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. Peterson was recorded in 1950 on a series of duets with either Ray Brown or Major Holley on bass; his version of "Tenderly" became a hit. Peterson's talents were quite obvious, and he became a household name in 1952 when he formed a trio with guitarist Barney Kessel and Brown. Kessel tired of the road and was replaced by Herb Ellis the following year. The Peterson-Ellis-Brown trio, which often toured with JATP, was one of jazz's great combos from 1953-1958. Their complex yet swinging arrangements were competitive -- Ellis and Brown were always trying to outwit and push the pianist -- and consistently exciting. In 1958, when Ellis left the band, it was decided that no other guitarist could fill in so well, and he was replaced (after a brief stint by Gene Gammage) by drummer Ed Thigpen. In contrast to the earlier group, the Peterson-Brown-Thigpen trio (which lasted until 1965) found the pianist easily the dominant soloist. Later versions of the group featured drummers Louis Hayes (1965-1966), Bobby Durham (1967-1970), Ray Price (1970), and bassists Sam Jones (1966-1970) and George Mraz (1970).

In 1960, Peterson established the Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, which lasted for three years. He made his first recorded set of unaccompanied piano solos in 1968 (strange that Granz had not thought of it) during his highly rated series of MPS recordings. With the formation of the Pablo label by Granz in 1972, Peterson was often teamed with guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels Pedersen. He appeared on dozens of all-star records, made five duet albums with top trumpeters (Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis), and teamed up with Count Basie on several two-piano dates. An underrated composer, Peterson wrote and recorded the impressive "Canadiana Suite" in 1964 and has occasionally performed originals in the years since. Although always thought of as a masterful acoustic pianist, Peterson has also recorded on electric piano (particularly some of his own works), organ on rare occasions, and even clavichord for an odd duet date with Joe Pass. One of his rare vocal sessions in 1965, With Respect to Nat, reveals that Peterson's singing voice was nearly identical to Nat King Cole's. A two-day reunion with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown in 1990 (which also included Bobby Durham) resulted in four CDs. Peterson was felled by a serious stroke in 1993 that knocked him out of action for two years. He gradually returned to the scene, however, although with a weakened left hand. Even when he wasn't 100 percent, Peterson was a classic improviser, one of the finest musicians that jazz has ever produced. The pianist appeared on an enormous number of records through the years. As a leader, he has recorded for Victor, Granz's Clef and Verve labels (1950-1964), MPS, Mercury, Limelight, Pablo, and Telarc. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Fantastic...
Report as inappropriate
Do they call it gospel?????? ? ?
Report as inappropriate
francomayolo
Still hasn't been born someone close to his talent God bless him and his Music
Report as inappropriate
yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
I. Give. I. Can't. Play. Just. The
Album. l'. Impossible
by. Oscar. Petterson
on. Blues. Étude
Report as inappropriate
ljbajsar
Oscar Peterson, You have my heart,...NOW , ..and FOR ALWAYS!!
Report as inappropriate
poppa_bear49
I said it once and I'll say it again...If you can't keep up, get the HE!! out of the way and let the man COOK!!!
Report as inappropriate
My Dad's and my favorite!! When I left the monastery I was studying in, my Dad took me to see him playing solo Boesendorffe r piano in a hall with outstanding acoustics. OP welcomed me back to the real world with the mastery only he could manifest. Pranam. Long live the King!!!
Report as inappropriate
My favorite rendition of green dolphin st.is by cal tjader peterson does a great job
Report as inappropriate
That means tony evens had 12
Report as inappropriate
Lol
Report as inappropriate
they say Oscar had 11 fingers
Report as inappropriate
Oscar Peterson is the reason the piano was invented
Report as inappropriate
mostlymochso n
Oscar was the greatest
Report as inappropriate
Solid...
Report as inappropriate
-
Report as inappropriate
His rendering of I Loves You Porgy is so beautifully stated. I'd say the best instrumental of this song. Very heartfelt.
Report as inappropriate
Luv him so much I wish he could stay a little longer :(
Report as inappropriate
Relax
Report as inappropriate
I Love Jazz its puts u in a vety Relaxing peace mode!
Report as inappropriate
walker104
In comparison to all the greats, Getz, Monk, Miles, Tatum, OP stands out as a giant. What a great gift he gave us.
Report as inappropriate
Ronnie_jorde ñ
Report as inappropriate
rpruitt661
So smooooooth! Love his music.
Report as inappropriate
walbert483
L
Report as inappropriate
Joe Pass solo's and with Oscar Peterson
Report as inappropriate
Unbelievably talented. Never get tired of listening to him
Report as inappropriate
I sometimes want to say to OP, 'too many notes'. But here on For My Friends, he lays me out: Little Girl Blue. Here is the space, the gentle lyricism I normally look to Bill Evans for. One of the most satisfying piano solos of all time... The coda......O M G. Leaves me weak..
Report as inappropriate
According to Amadeus, Mozart was also accused of using too many notes.
Report as inappropriate
When you listen to Oscar Peterson, you are hearing a genius at the piano. If there were a PhD for artistry, Peeterson should have garnered many!
Report as inappropriate
sciaccadani
perfection.
Report as inappropriate

Along with Andre Previn my favorite jazz pianists to listen to. They are both pure genius!
Report as inappropriate
If you can't keep up get the H*!! out of the way and let the man cook!!
Report as inappropriate
leeandmusic
Just in Time by OP = NICE!!
Report as inappropriate
leeandmusic
prefer faster jazz piano while working
Report as inappropriate
THE best. Beethoven of jazz.
Report as inappropriate
I have listened to this track hundreds of times. Never gets old.OP rocks.
Report as inappropriate
Wow
Report as inappropriate
Divine
Report as inappropriate
My mother was a classically trained jazz pianist and music educator. As a result I grew up listening to the greatest music and musicians on this planet; and yes Oscar Peterson is one of the greatest of ALL times; you can truly tell that he studied Art Tatum (another piano giant). I thank God for my ear; when I hear greatness, I recognize it immediately. Thank you, God; thank you momma; and thank you Oscar Peterson for the legacy of great piano music.
Report as inappropriate
I'm a musician so I appreciate this wonderful pianist..... . . . . . .
Report as inappropriate
It was a treat hearing his take on The Way You Look Tonight. I first heard that tune as performed by Eddie Duchin on a 78rpm recording that my dad owned when we lived in Atlanta, and I never forgot it. I love Oscar. Never got to hear him live, but did get to perform with Joe Pass in the seventies and treasure the memories of these giants of that era.
Report as inappropriate
The G O P with the G M.
Report as inappropriate
bickbats
one word CHICAGO!!!!
Report as inappropriate
robert_troy
The very best who has ever lived..His work with Ella/Louis are truly inspirationa l !
Report as inappropriate
There is not another like him.
Report as inappropriate
bertinad
I feel his music to my bones! OMG.
Report as inappropriate
Beyond brilliant! Had the pleasure back in '78 of being intro'd to he & wife one night at the Ambassador north side Chicago by then touring pal Brit actress Jean Simmons for whom -he then left his dinner-took over the piano & proceeded to improv & cruise niftily thru & around some great Broadway tunes incl her 'Little Night Music' themes all of which he reworked magically for 20 mins then kissed her hand said that was for you dear lady! Soooo memorably NICE & COOL --and classy!
Report as inappropriate
OUT STANDING !!!!
Report as inappropriate
Peterson plays Sinatra is my favorite.
Report as inappropriate
He played, while others watched.
THE MAN of the Keyboards.
Report as inappropriate
OSCAR PETERSON IS DEFINITELY THE BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER I EVER HEARD. i DO AGREE JODAN RUDESS IS EXCELLENT TOO ALONG WITH HERBIE HANCOCK AND CHICK COREA. ITS JUST OSCAR STOOD OUT OVER THOSE GREATS WITH HIS SPEED AND ACCURACY.
Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[105, 98, 85, 91, 93, 72, 107, 102, 71, 78, 115, 77, 124, 127, 76, 71, 102, 93, 122, 120, 116, 77, 96, 110, 126, 67, 93, 112, 119, 93, 88, 87, 121, 92, 119, 100, 91, 85, 79, 77, 108, 79, 77, 71, 75, 118, 99, 71, 107, 93, 112, 74, 107, 69, 104, 114, 118, 67, 68, 83, 83, 98, 86, 95, 76, 103, 112, 79, 72, 74, 111, 65, 73, 73, 65, 74, 106, 125, 73, 101, 122, 84, 97, 117, 73, 95, 118, 70, 114, 108, 115, 90, 77, 125, 126, 74, 88, 114, 97, 73, 100, 85, 111, 126, 89, 115, 125, 95, 82, 81, 70, 70, 106, 97, 92, 91, 125, 82, 84, 74, 84, 106, 68, 103, 123, 119, 98, 99, 127, 69, 117, 83, 97, 71, 101, 100, 77, 84, 79, 85, 92, 91, 100, 64, 127, 101, 78, 123, 114, 103, 109, 89, 93, 70, 90, 73, 70, 81, 70, 107, 113, 107, 93, 115, 109, 82, 74, 122, 109, 72, 77, 67, 116, 85, 73, 122, 108, 124, 112, 70, 104, 73, 103, 107, 92, 83, 64, 80, 88, 76, 118, 90, 93, 114, 127, 68, 91, 78, 126, 94, 99, 121, 119, 81, 117, 82, 65, 111, 67, 101, 126, 93, 112, 97, 96, 65, 82, 96, 81, 65, 108, 101, 125, 75, 96, 89, 122, 83, 69, 91, 77, 85, 64, 120, 115, 122, 76, 97, 124, 120, 102, 103, 79, 102, 127, 117, 116, 66, 101, 86, 81, 125, 64, 124, 119, 70, 68, 86, 90, 88, 75, 95, 127, 86, 99, 75, 127, 78, 118, 85, 111, 112, 103, 89, 106, 94, 102, 89, 106, 85, 70, 105, 70, 83, 122, 108, 72, 110, 69, 76, 91, 126, 81, 83, 101, 103, 102, 93, 70, 108, 78, 99, 111, 96, 104, 115, 71, 122, 86, 86, 100, 111, 97, 106, 71, 69, 87, 83, 101, 75, 94, 85, 100, 71, 88, 107, 121, 121, 94, 100, 102, 66, 118, 109, 109, 67, 110, 121, 71, 121, 85, 104, 121, 101, 68, 109, 76, 106, 92, 75, 74, 124, 92, 67, 82, 64, 79, 92, 116, 94, 107, 103, 85, 127, 72, 89, 114, 87, 113, 112, 91, 86, 124, 123, 82, 104, 84, 82, 106, 89, 82, 73, 66, 65, 126, 110, 118, 76, 71, 102, 64, 112, 89, 123, 68, 79, 106, 97, 119, 71, 94, 122, 93, 105, 97, 115, 111, 74, 111, 95, 94, 96, 120, 124, 87, 114, 89, 119, 98, 67, 92, 80, 88, 96, 82, 97, 80, 70, 106, 101, 119, 86, 88, 102, 93, 89, 81, 117, 116, 111, 98, 69, 125, 72, 75, 71, 85, 77, 75, 100, 105, 108, 69, 99, 66, 107, 93, 83, 124, 89, 121, 119, 105, 114, 108, 119, 99, 80, 110, 68, 87, 66, 81, 111, 115, 109, 68, 125, 122, 109, 101, 103, 121, 67, 83, 76, 67, 125, 111, 126, 124, 65, 109, 113, 114, 65, 67, 91, 88, 116, 100, 82, 91, 90, 103, 121, 100, 83, 100, 126, 115, 88]