The Ronnie Scott’s Trio featuring James Pearson - Remembering Oscar Peterson: A portrait of a jazz legend
Friday 29 May
20.00 – 21.30
Forsyth Music Shop
The Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson was arguably the most successful Jazz pianist of all time, coming from humble roots and going on to achieve international stardom with countless accolades to his name. His notorious prowess at the keyboard to this day can astound, with rapid octave passages and almost impossible sequences of block chords making the piano sound more like a big band.
Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director James Pearson was lucky to meet Peterson and his story of their first encounter is highly amusing. In this ‘Portrait’ you will hear some of Oscar’s compositions and versions of jazz standards fused with anecdotes and historical facts. James’s own style of playing has been compared with Peterson by numerous journalists, and the Evening Standard said of his performance at Ronnie Scott’s, “Oscar would have loved it”.
Presented in association with Bösendorfer and Forsyth.
James Pearson Piano / Sam Burgess Bass /Chris Higginbottom Drums