Oscar Peterson on Signature Piano Styles in 1979 TV Appearance
Internationally renowned, Montreal-born jazz pianist Oscar Peterson entertained the world with his mastery and prowess over the piano for over 40 years.
“The Maharaja of the keyboard” as he was called by Duke Ellington, shows that not only is he a genius of the piano but also true Musical Polyglot, being able to play many different styles and languages on his instrument.
Dick and Oscar discuss the different stylistic trademarks of prominent jazz men including the stride piano of Art Tatum, the two fingered percussion of Nat Cole, and the lyric octave work of Erroll Garner. The host even manages to get Oscar to sing a rare verse.