Canadian Alex Barris Oscar Peterson

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Oscar Peterson

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9780002000826: Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson, the master of the jazz piano, has recorded more than 200 albums over a career that spans six decades. Music is the consuming passion in Peterson’s life; music is at the heart of this warm tribute by well-known writer and broadcaster Alex Barris.

From his youth in Montreal, to his introduction to a wildly enthusiastic audience at Carnegie Hall in 1949, to his work with Jazz at the Philharmonic and the international stardom that followed, Oscar Peterson: A Musical Biography traces the many roads that Peterson took as composer and sometime singer, soloist and accompanist, leader and arranger.

Alex Barris, who has known Peterson for over five decades, was granted extensive interview time and access to his subject. Barris has also included interviews from music critics, fans and many of Peterson’s contemporaries: Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, to name a few. A candid stroll through modern music history, Oscar Peterson: A Musical Biography is also a note-perfect celebration of Canada’s greatest gift to the world of jazz.

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Alex Barris is a writer and broadcaster, well-known for his CBC TV and Radio appearances for several decades. He was the host of a number of television variety programs, including “The Barris Beat,” in which he profiled many Canadian musical artists. Among his publishing credits are Front Page Challenge: History of a Television Legend; Hollywood’s Other Men; Hollywood’s Other Women; Hollywood According to Hollywood; Stop the Presses! The Newspaperman in American Films, and with Ted Barris, Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1935-1945 and Making Music: Profiles from a Century of Canadian Music. Alex Barris is a member of the Order of Canada. He and his wife, Kay, live in Toronto.

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