To mark the forthcoming 90th birthday of the towering jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, who died in 2007 at age 82, a new recording will bring to light several of the virtuoso’s previously unheard compositions. "Oscar, With Love" will be released on Dec. 11, according to Kelly Peterson, the pianist’s widow.
The recording will feature work written by or for Peterson and performed by Chick Corea, Monty Alexander, Benny Green, Kenny Barron, Chicagoan Ramsey Lewis and others. Also on the recording: composer Michel Legrand and classical pianist Andre Watts. Chicago singer-pianist Audrey Morris, who was a close friend and colleague of Peterson’s for decades, contributed to the recording, as well. The artists traveled to Peterson’s home, in Canada, to record the music on his Boesendorfer Imperial grand.
"Oscar cherished his piano," said Kelly Peterson in a statement. "It is impossible for me to think of him without it. … Oscar hand-picked it at the Boesendorfer factory in Vienna in 1981."
To mark the release of the recording, a celebratory concert will take place on Dec. 11 at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall in Toronto.
"The concert marks the only occasion when Oscar Peterson’s personal piano will be seen and heard publicly," said Kelly Peterson in her statement.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale June 19. The recording will be released in CD and vinyl editions. For more information, visit facebook.com/oscarpetersonmusic.