CULTIVATING LIBERALISM
FOR ALL CLIMATES
SINCE 1759
 
Google
 

Free alert to Candide's Notebooks
Your email:

JOIN ME AT MY BULLSHIT SITES

Oscar Peterson

The Champ
Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007

The great Oscar Peterson, whose breezy keyboard ripples and humorous melodies could turn any drab corner of the world into the hippest jazz club as long as he played, died on Sunday at 82 in Toronto. He was in the words of Duke Ellington the “Maharajah of the keyboard,” and was positioning himself just a few weeks ago to be the Maharajah of his own blog: “I am very happy to say I am back,” he wrote at his site on November 27. “Let me assure you that I will try my best to keep up with providing you with new Journal entries, and updates on what I am doing. I am looking forward to it.” Those would be his last electronically public words. His liver failed. As always, it would be ridiculous to greet the death of greats with mourning. Why play into death's crabby hands when we could be celebrating? And the only way to celebrate Oscar Peterson's death is to be thankful for his 82 years and innumerable recordings. Here are four tunes that even Christ in his measly manger will appreciate tonight, Bethlehem, the way it's been, being nothing like the welcoming center that an Oscar Peterson booze and smoke joint would be. All in mp3 format:

Bookmark and Share

| Back to the Front Page  
 
THE DAILY JOURNAL
Read Pierre’s Latest at


 
The Latest Comments
 
GOOGLE GOOGLE NEW YORK TIMES NEWSPAPERS NETFLIX UK INDEPENDENT NETFLIX
 
  
RECENTLY IN THE DAILY JOURNAL: NOTEBOOKS ORIGINALS
RECENTLY IN THE DAILY JOURNAL: CRUMBS & CRIBS

   
 
Add to Google Reader or Homepage Subscribe in NewsGator Online Subscribe in Rojo   Add to My AOL Subscribe in FeedLounge Add to netvibes Subscribe in Bloglines Add to The Free Dictionary