May 19, 2024
Oscar Peterson
Music in the Key of Oscar – DVD
VIEW Video
S. H. Watkins, Sr.

Oscar Peterson is one of the greatest pianists in the history of Jazz. From his early days as Montreal’s teenage boogie-woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to international celebrity, Peterson has wowed audiences far and wide with his mastery of the ivorys. Music in the Key of Oscar chronicles this journey for you through a combination of TV and video clips and commentary from friends, family and the legendary Mr. Peterson himself.

There’s also a great reunion performance of the Oscar Peterson Trio (bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis) who after a twenty-year hiatus, reunited in order to “prove that it still had the magic.” All in all there is over 100 minutes of classic and contemporary performances, rare film footage and in-depth interviews with a cast of jazz legends and multiple Bonus Features. I’m an Oscar Peterson fan and even I learned a lot that I did not know about Oscar Peterson… he way quite a pioneer in the jazz industry in Canada.

This is highly recommended viewing both for it’s historical content as well as the sheer pleasure of the performances. This DVD is available at your local movie rental store or online at VIEW Video.