Originally Posted by FMW
I was such a fan of Oscar Peterson that I travelled to other cities fairly often to hear him play in the 1960's. I play jazz piano but certainly not on Peterson's level. I got to know him a little bit because he began recognizing me at the clubs and often chatted with me during breaks. A lot of people don't know that he graduated from the Julliard School and wanted to make a career as a Classical concert pianist. But, unfortunately, it wasn't possible for a black man to have such a career in the 1940's so he turned to jazz. Lucky for us. For me, he was the greatest jazz pianist of all time. His technique is literally flawless. I don't have all of his albums but I have perhaps 50 of them. We Get Requests is one of the best. I don't know that it is one of the best sonically but it sure is in terms of performance. The trio of Peterson, Brown and Thigpen has always been the classic one. Peterson was at the height of his career when it was done. Great choice. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Thanks for the awesome read. I love hearing about interesting Jazz stories. You're very fortunate to know him.
Out here (in Arizona) we don't have much class or appreciation for Jazz. Since, I'm in my 20's I don't know if we ever have, or if it is only because the movement isn't the strongest right now. Either way, there was a Jazz club called JJ's Birdland Cafe and I would go there every single night before it shut down. The owner of the club hired Lucas Pino
to play the saxophone every night. He has produced albums now and he is very good for his age. I spent as much as I could to keep the place open but a 19 year old typically doesn't have the income to sustain business and it eventually closed. The final day of business for JJ's brought Jeff Hamilton in from a show and it was the most amazing performance I've ever seen. The house was filled for him, and he did things with the drums that I didn't think were possible. These days mark my appreciation for Jazz and really some of the happiest days of my life; I wish there were venues like this. I'm glad I get to read posts on this thread in particular, it shares groups with me that I never knew existed. Very fulfilling!
Thank you everyone.