February 4, 2013

Musician Oscar Peterson

Oscar: The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson
by Reva Martin

For many years, Oscar Peterson was known as one of Canada's foremost jazz musicians. This is the story of his life, from his early beginnings in a poor Montreal neighborhood to his triumphant debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. Author Reva Martin's expressive and succinct prose make for a close, absorbing read, especially when describing Peterson's musical training, the racial prejudice he endured both at home and on the road, the musicians and teachers who influenced his style, and the sacrifices he made while pursuing his career. Martin also relates the history of jazz, describes the differences between boogie-woogie and bebop, tells how rhythm and improvisation create new sounds, and how collaboration among players is so important.

Entertaining and insightful, this book will be appreciated by children who are into music and composition.

Also read Oscar Peterson: The Man and His Jazz by Jack Batten.

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