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Honoring Oscar Peterson

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II at the unveiling of a statue of Oscar Peterson

Tad Hershorn, archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies, is the author of the forthcoming book Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, which will be published by the University of California Press in 2011. The foreword for the book was written by Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist and composer.

In 1949, Granz introduced Peterson, then 24, in his American debut in Carnegie Hall at one of his world-famous Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. He went on to manage and record Peterson over the next 38 years.

Hershorn was the invited guest of Oscar Peterson's widow Kelly Peterson at the June 2010 unveiling of the new Peterson statue, by artist Ruth Abernethy, on the grounds of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa by Queen Elizabeth II during her recent nine-day Canadian tour. Peterson's many awards included eight Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Posted July 2010