“Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson’s legendary career is being celebrated in a Heritage Minute.
Historica Canada released the newest clip, timed for Black History Month, in its ongoing series that highlights influential figures from across the country.
The minute-long video chronicles the seven-time Grammy winner’s rise from a working-class Montreal family to becoming a world-renowned piano virtuoso.
It touches on his encounters with greatness, such as being dubbed “the man with four hands,” and acknowledges the racism he faced at jazz gigs in the 1940s.
Peterson died of kidney failure in 2007 at the age of 82…”