Oscar Peterson: The Life of a Legend [VHS]

 
9786303445328: Oscar Peterson: The Life of a Legend [VHS]
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OSCAR PETERSON: THE LIFE OF A LEGEND Tells the life story of one of jazz's all-time great pianists, a technical virtuoso and master of swing whose life has been shaped by his own extraordinary talent and driving ambition.

We witness the triumphant musical renaissance of the Oscar Peterson Trio: Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and Guitarist Herb Ellis together again after two decades. And we hear firsthand accounts of Oscar's clashes with racism, further complicated by prejudices confronting his racially mixed trio.

Maintaining Olympian musical standards in the face of life on the road left Peterson torn between his commitments to his family and to his art. One focus of this revealing documentary is the Peterson family reunion: A child of four meets his 67 year-old grandfather for the first time; and Oscar's grown children begin to express their feelings for their proud and articulate dad.

Vintage and contemporary performances, archival footage and intimate interviews with the man himself and a cast of jazz greats create this historic biography of the man who made the music and the times that made the man.

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-Gold Award- The International Film and Video Competition -Bronze Award- WorldFest Houston -CINDY Award: Gold -- Winner of the...

A deeply personal side of Peterson is presented...and it’s an honest and emotional moment captured...a well-rounded, and highly entertaining portrait -- DISCoveries Magazine- Steven Ramm

an entertaining biography that captivate any person with a heart and a soul...peppered with wonderful footage of early jazz -- JazzTimes- David Zych

beautifully paced...(Oscar's)a relaxed, thoughtful and articulate narrator with a wry sense of humor...excellent video and can be recommended without reservation -- Cadence Magazine- Shirley Klett

poignant interviews with the who’s who of jazz, as well as vintage and exclusive contemporary performances...highly recommended addition to all... -- The Midwest Book Review

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