22 Feb 19:00 - 23 Feb 23:00 - New York
Jazz At Lincoln Center's Appel Room
Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story is a star-studded tribute to the master pianist and composer. Six extraordinary pianists with deep connections to the legend will perform a collection of Peterson compositions—some of which have never before been heard—and a few new originals written in his honor. The lineup features NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Gonzalo Rubalcaba, rising stars Gerald Clayton and Ben Paterson Music, and Peterson’s two protégés: Robi Botos and Benny Green.
In addition to stunning solo pieces, they will also perform small group numbers with the most perfect rhythm section imaginable. Drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Ulf Wakenius each spent years playing in Oscar Peterson’s Trio and Quartet and in small groups led by Ray Brown, Peterson’s longtime bassist. Brown’s main protégé and legacy-keeper is tonight’s music director, bassist John Clayton, who has also spent more than 30 years co-leading the unstoppable Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Hamilton. This group has the kind of chemistry, virtuosity, and first-hand experience of which most tribute projects can only dream.
Acclaimed Chicago-based vocalist, Paul Marinaro, joins us from Chicago for a couple of special tunes. Peterson’s daughter Céline Peterson will host the event, providing rare and enlightening insight into her father’s brilliant mind.
Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room
February 22-23rd, 2019
Ticket information coming soon!