NEW YORK (JIS) – Renown Jamaican Pianist Monty Alexander has described the recent passing of Jazz great Dr. Oscar Peterson as a “profound, personal loss”.
The late Dr. Peterson, a good friend of Alexander for more than five decades, died in Toronto, Canada on December 24, 2007 at the age of 82 years old.
Alexander will perform at a special concert memorial tribute in Toronto on January 12, in honour of Peterson, whom he described as a great Jazz Pianist.
“Oscar Peterson set the greatest example for excellence in Jazz not only for every pianist but also for all instruments he played with power, force and passion. No other Jazz artist had such an illustrious career.”
A citation from the Canadian’s Songwriters Hall of Fame during last November’s induction ceremonies, recognized the later Oscar Peterson as a brilliant Jazz Pianist and Composer, celebrated for his musical dexterity and energetic performances. Peterson was presented with the Founder’s Award.
Alexander who was slated to perform at this year’s Rebel Salute in Jamaica on the same date – January 12 – said that he has since spoken with producer/coordinator Tony Rebel to apologize after giving his word that he would be performing in Jamaica.
“I have spoken to Tony of my dilemma and I am grateful that he understood my situation. I do hope that those who care for my musical efforts will also understand my difficult decision at this time,” Alexander said.
The scheduled 90 minute celebration of performances, memories and film highlights of Peterson’s spectacular career, will be held at the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto and will be free to the public. Start time is 4:00 pm.