Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oscar Peterson Trio Live in Italy 1961

Teaching an intermediate student one of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Exercises out of the Grade 8 RCM book, I decided to show her a video of Peterson playing in order for her to get a sense of his pianistic style. This is the video I chose--Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums playing Gerschwin's "The Man I Love" in Italy in 1961. Such ease and comfort at the keyboard is a pleasure to watch as well as hear (BTW, that's a Petrof that he's playing). Also take a look at part 2 and part 3 from the same concert.


  1. Fabulous. One of our greatest musicians, period, ever.

    I think it's Brown on bass and Thigpen on drums though ;)

  2. Colossal duh on my part--it's corrected!

  3. I spent an unforgettable evening at Roy Thomson Hall about 5 years ago ... the first half of the concert was Martha Argerich with the TSO playing Prokofiev #3 - the second was Oscar leading a trio. Sheer brilliance both of programming and performance!

  4. :)
    How about that: