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  • Real name : Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
  • Date of birth : 15/08/1925
  • Date of death : 23/12/2007

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  • Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
  • Peterson Oscar

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Oscar Peterson (1925)

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson

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Oscar Emmanuel Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, "O.P." by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards, and received other numerous awards and honours over the course of his career. He is considered to have been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, having played thousands of live concerts to audiences worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.

  Biography  

Peterson was born to immigrants from the West Indies; his father worked as a porter for Canadian Pacific Railway. Peterson grew up in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in Montreal, Quebec. It was in this predominantly black neighbourhood that he found himself surrounded by the jazz culture that flourished in the early 20th century. At the age of five, Peterson began honing his skills with the trumpet and piano. However, a bout of tuberculosis at age seven prevented him from playing the trumpet again, and so he directed all his attention to the piano. His father, Daniel Peterson, an amateur trumpeter and pianist, was one of his first music teachers, and his sister Daisy taught young Oscar classical piano. Young Oscar was persistent at practising scales and classical etudes daily, and thanks to such arduous practice he developed his astonishing virtuosity.

As a child, Peterson also studied with Hungarian-born pianist Paul de Marky, a student of István Thomán, who was himself a pupil of Franz Liszt, so his training was predominantly based on classical piano. Meanwhile he was captivated by traditional jazz and learned several ragtime pieces and especially the boogie-woogie. At that time Peterson was called "the Brown Bomber of the Boogie-Woogie."

At age nine Peterson played piano with control that impressed professional musicians. For many years his piano studies included four to six hours of practice daily. Only in his later years did he decrease his daily practice to just one or two hours. In 1940, at age fourteen, Peterson won the national music competition organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After that victory, he dropped out of school and became a professional pianist working for a weekly radio show, and playing at hotels and music halls.

Peterson resided in a two-storey house on Hammond Road in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, until his death in 2007 of kidney failure.

 Influences
Some of the artists who influenced Peterson's musicianship during the earlier type of years were Teddy Wilson, Nat "King" Cole, James P. Johnson and Art Tatum, to whom many have tried to compare Peterson in later years. One of his first exposures to Tatum's musical talents came early in his teen years when his father played Art Tatum's Tiger Rag for him, and Peterson was so intimidated by what he heard that he became disillusioned about his own playing, to the extent of refusing to play the piano at all for several weeks. In his own words, "Tatum scared me to death" and Peterson was "never cocky again" about his mastery at the piano. Tatum was a model for Peterson's musicianship during the 1940s and 1950s. Tatum and Peterson eventually became good friends, although Peterson was always shy about being compared with Tatum and rarely played the piano in Tatum's presence.

Peterson has also credited his sister Daisy Swooney — a noted piano teacher in Montreal who also taught several other noted Canadian jazz musicians — with being an important teacher and influence on his career. Under his sister's tutelage, Peterson expanded into classical piano training and broadened his range while mastering the core classical pianism from scales to preludes and fugues by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Building on Art Tatum's pianism and aesthetics, Peterson also absorbed Tatum's musical influences, notably from piano concertos by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff's harmonizations, as well as direct quotations from his 2nd Piano Concerto, are thrown in here and there in many recordings by Peterson, including his work with the most familiar formulation of the Oscar Peterson Trio, with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis. During the 1960s and 1970s Peterson made numerous trio recordings highlighting his piano performances that reveal more of his eclectic style that absorbed influences from various genres of jazz, popular and classical music.

 Norman Granz
An important step in his career was joining impresario Norman Granz's labels and Granz's "Jazz at the Philharmonic" project. Granz discovered Peterson in a peculiar manner. As the impresario was being taken to the Montreal airport by cab, the radio was playing a live broadcast of Peterson at a local night club. Granz was so smitten by what he heard that he ordered the driver to take him to the club so that he could meet the pianist. In 1949, Granz introduced Peterson at a Carnegie Hall Jazz at the Philharmonic show in New York.

So was born a lasting relationship and Granz remained Peterson's manager for most of his career. One poignant illustration: in the last two years of his life, Peterson doted on a boxer dog that he named "Smedley," Peterson's nickname for Granz. On the day of Peterson's death, Smedley lay on the bed with him and would not leave.

This was more than a managerial relationship; Peterson praised Granz for standing up for him and other black jazz musicians in the segregationist south of the 1950s and 1960s. For example, in the Canadian Broadcasting Company's two-part documentary video Music in the Key of Oscar, Peterson tells how Granz stood up to a gun-toting southern policeman who wanted to stop the trio from using "white-only" taxis. The entire documentary is a fascinating account of Peterson's life from his Montreal childhood, to his career, to his family relations and includes interviews with Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Ella Fitzgerald. Its narrative ends in 1993, just before Peterson's debilitating stroke.

In the course of his career, Peterson developed a reputation as a technically brilliant and melodically inventive jazz pianist and became a regular on Canadian radio from the 1940s. His name was already recognized in the United States. However, his 1949 debut at Carnegie Hall, New York City, arranged by Norman Granz, was uncredited; owing to union restrictions, his appearance could not be billed.

Through Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic he was able to play with the major jazz artists of the time. Some of his musical associates included Ray Brown, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Ed Thigpen, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Louis Armstrong, Stéphane Grappelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Clark Terry, Joe Pass, Anita O'Day, Fred Astaire, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stan Getz.

 Duets
Peterson made numerous duo performances and recordings with bassists Ray Brown, Sam Jones, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, guitarists Joe Pass, Irving Ashby, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel, pianists Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Benny Green, and Keith Emerson, trumpeters Clark Terry and Louis Armstrong, and many other important jazz players. His 1950s duo recordings with bassist Ray Brown mark the formation of one of the longest lasting partnerships in the history of jazz. Peterson's 1970's duo with guitarist Joe Pass has been considered one of the highest standards in the genre.

According to pianist/educator Mark Eisenman, some of Peterson's best playing was as an understated accompanist to singer Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

 Trio

Peterson redefined the jazz trio by bringing musicianship of all three members to the highest level. The definitive trio with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis was, in his own words "the most stimulating" and productive setting for public performances as well as in studio recordings. In the early 1950s, Peterson began performing with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as the Oscar Peterson Trio. Shortly afterward the drummer Smith was replaced by guitarist Irving Ashby, formerly of the Nat King Cole Trio. Ashby, who was a swing guitarist, was soon replaced by Barney Kessel. Kessel tired of touring after a year, and was succeeded by Herb Ellis. As Ellis was white, Peterson's trios were racially integrated, a controversial move at the time that was fraught with difficulties with segregationist whites and blacks.

Oscar Peterson Trio at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival is widely regarded as the landmark album in Peterson's career, and one of the most influential trios in jazz. Their last recording, On the Town with the Oscar Peterson Trio, recorded live at the Town Tavern in Toronto, captured a remarkable degree of emotional as well as musical understanding between three players. All three musicians were equal contributors involved in a highly sophisticated improvisational interplay. When Herb Ellis left the group in 1958, Peterson and Brown believed they could not adequately replace Ellis. Ellis was replaced by drummer Ed Thigpen in 1959. Brown and Thigpen worked with Peterson on his famous albums Night Train and the successful Canadiana Suite. Brown and Thigpen left in 1965 and were replaced by bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes . The trio performed together until 1970. Their albums included pop songs such as The Beatles' "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby". In the fall of 1970, Peterson's trio were successful in their album Tristeza on Piano which was a eulogy of the recently deceased Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, the Monterey Pop Festival stars. This record was released on CD in 1985, went out of print, and then came back remastered in 2005 as an anniversary edition. Selections from this trio's work have been incidentally used for Japanese anime and other live action films. Jones and Durham left in 1970.

In the 1970s Peterson formed another landmark trio with virtuoso guitarist Joe Pass and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass. This trio emulated the success of the 1950s trio with Brown and Ellis, gave acclaimed performances at numerous festivals, and made best-selling recordings, most notably the 1978 double album recorded live in Paris. In 1974 Oscar added British drummer, Martin Drew, and this quartet toured and recorded extensively worldwide. Pass said in a 1976 interview: "The only guys I've heard who come close to total mastery of their instruments are Art Tatum and Peterson".

 Quartet
A quartet was a less permanent setting for Peterson, after the trio or duo, as it was hard to find equally powerful musicians available for a tightly knit arrangement with him. After the loss of Ellis his next trio eventually turned into a quartet after he added a drummer — first Gene Gammage for a brief time, then Ed Thigpen. In this group Peterson became the dominant soloist. Later members of the group were Louis Hayes, Bobby Durham, Ray Price, Sam Jones, George Mraz, Martin Drew and Lorne Lofsky.

Peterson often formed a quartet by adding a fourth player to his existing trios. He was open to experimental collaborations with jazz stars, such as saxophonist Ben Webster, trumpeter Clark Terry, and vibraphonist Milt Jackson among others. In 1961, the Peterson trio with Jackson recorded a highly praised album, Very Tall.

 Further career
From the late 1950s, when Peterson gained worldwide recognition as one of the leading pianists in jazz, he played in a variety of settings: solo, duo, trio, quartet, small bands, and big bands. However, his solo piano recitals, as well as his solo piano recordings were rare, until he chose to make a series of solo albums titled "Exclusively for my friends." These solo piano sessions, made for the Musik Produktion Schwarzwald label, were Peterson's response to the emergence of such stars as Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner.

Some cognoscenti assert that Peterson's best recordings were made for MPS in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For some years subsequently he recorded for Granz's Pablo Records after the label was founded in 1973. In the 1990s and 2000s he recorded several albums accompanied by a combo for Telarc.

In the 1980s he played successfully in a duo with pianist Herbie Hancock. In the late 1980s and 1990s, after the stroke, Peterson made performances and recordings with his protégé Benny Green.

 Composer and teacher
Peterson wrote pieces for piano, for trio, for quartet and for big band. He also wrote several songs, and made recordings as a singer. Probably his best-known compositions are "Canadiana Suite" and "Hymn to Freedom," the latter composed in the 1960s and inspired by the U.S. civil rights movement.

Peterson taught piano and improvisation in Canada, mainly in Toronto. With associates, he started and headed the Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto for five years during the 1960s, but it closed because concert touring called him and his associates away, and it did not have government funding. Later, he mentored the York University jazz program and was the Chancellor of the entire university for several years in the early 1990s. He also published his original jazz piano etudes for practice. However, he asked his students to study the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, especially The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, and The Art of Fugue, considering these piano pieces essential for every serious pianist. Pianists Benny Green and Oliver Jones were among his students.

 Stroke, later years and death

Peterson had arthritis since his youth, and in later years could hardly button his shirt. Never slender, his weight increased to , hindering his mobility. He had hip replacement surgery in the early 1990s. Although the surgery was successful, his mobility was still inhibited. Somewhat later, in 1993, Peterson suffered a serious stroke that weakened his left side and sidelined him for two years. Also in 1993 incoming Prime Minister and longtime Peterson fan and friend Jean Chrétien offered Peterson the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, but according to Chrétien he declined, citing the health problems from his recent stroke.

After the stroke, Peterson recuperated for about two years. He gradually regained mobility and some control of his left hand. However, his virtuosity was never restored to the original level, and his playing after his stroke relied principally on his right hand. In 1995 he returned to public performances on a limited basis, and also made several live and studio recordings for Telarc. In 1997 he received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award, another indication that Peterson continued to be regarded as one of the greatest jazz musicians ever to play. Canadian politician, friend, and amateur pianist Bob Rae contends that "a one-handed Oscar was better than just about anyone with two hands".

In 2003, Peterson recorded the DVD A Night in Vienna for Verve, with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP), Ulf Wakenius and Martin Drew. He continued to tour the U.S. and Europe, though maximally one month a year, with a couple of days' rest between concerts to recover his strength. His accompanists consisted of Ulf Wakenius , NHØP or David Young , and Alvin Queen , all leaders of their own groups.

Peterson's health declined rapidly in 2007. He had to cancel his performance at the 2007 Toronto Jazz Festival and his attendance at a June 8, 2007 Carnegie Hall all-star performance in his honour, owing to illness. On December 23, 2007, Peterson died of kidney failure at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He left seven children, his fourth wife Kelly, and their daughter, Celine .

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  Albums 

  Tracks  

Name Duration Released
Down Here on the Ground 06:10 2005
I Loves You, Porgy 06:12 2005
Tristeza 03:13 2005
Watch What Happens 08:46 2005
Requiem 08:49 2004
Mirage 06:16 2002
Body and Soul 04:38 2002
Take the 03:11 2002
Hymn to Freedom 05:53 1999
Evening Song 06:15 1999
Backyard Blues 06:56 1999
Limehouse Blues 04:18 1998
The More I See You 05:39 1998
Yours Is My Heart Alone 05:14 1998
When Lights Are Low 06:50 1998
For All We Know 05:38 1998
Anything Goes 05:20 1997
Route 66 04:07 1997
Peace 08:35 1997
The Duke of Dubuque 02:07 1997
Kelly's Blues 07:08 1997
In a Mellow Tone 05:18 1997
Sushi 08:44 1997
Here's to Life 05:05 1997
Love Ballade 10:31 1997
I Can't Face the Music 03:39 1997
Smudge 08:47 1997
Willow Weep for Me 06:44 1997
Tranquille 09:30 1997
If You Only Knew 08:06 1997
Nighttime 08:39 1997
Reunion Blues 06:18 1997
Ill Wind 05:33 1996
Blues for Big Scotia 06:46 1996
Daahoud 05:51 1996
She Has Gone 05:28 1996
Thag's Dance 05:40 1996
Autumn Leaves 05:04 1996
Band Call 07:41 1996
Truffles 06:26 1996
Tricrotism 11:08 1996
I Remember Clifford 09:48 1996
Jim 08:55 1996
Just Friends 05:49 1996
There Is No Greater Love 05:00 1996
Scrapple from the Apple 09:19 1996
Better Luck Next Time 07:30 1996
Ecstasy 06:32 1996
Diablo 06:59 1996
Moanin' 06:29 1996
Sophisticated Lady 10:31 1996
Cool Walk 07:17 1996
Yesterdays 03:32 1996
It Happened in Monterey 06:23 1996
Cubano Chant 09:48 1996
Blues for Stephanie 04:55 1996
Put On a Happy Face 08:31 1996
I Love You 06:38 1996
Close Your Eyes 06:05 1996
Rob Roy 06:45 1996
Kadota's Blues 11:06 1996
Swamp Fire 03:58 1996
As Long as There's Music 05:49 1996
Tin Tin Deo 05:46 1996
Squatty Roo 05:39 1995
Jingle Bells 03:12 1995
Away in a Manger 03:33 1995
Never Say Yes 05:22 1995
Ron's Blues 08:05 1995
White Christmas 03:48 1995
Winter Wonderland 04:06 1995
I Will Wait for You 06:53 1995
When My Dreamboat Comes Home 08:17 1995
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 03:39 1995
Silent Night 03:07 1995
Three O'Clock in the Morning 08:45 1995
What Child Is This? 04:47 1995
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 03:55 1995
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen 03:24 1995
The Christmas Waltz 06:50 1995
O Little Town of Bethlehem 03:16 1995
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 03:28 1995
I'll Be Home for Christmas 02:46 1995
Blue Skies 04:43 1994
Dark Eyes 06:08 1994
Girl Talk 05:32 1992
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars 07:25 1992
I'm in the Mood for Love 16:50 1992
Travelin' On 02:29 1992
Summertime 05:20 1992
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 04:29 1992
Nica's Dream 07:46 1992
Little Girl Blue 06:02 1992
Like Someone in Love 11:18 1992
Alice in Wonderland 04:41 1992
Lulu's Back in Town 02:00 1992
A Foggy Day 04:35 1992
Our Love Is Here to Stay 04:45 1992
I Should Care 04:42 1992
I've Got a Crush on You 05:15 1992
Medley: 06:24 1992
Perdido 06:10 1992
Easy Walker 09:36 1992
Robbins Nest 06:16 1992
Sax No End 05:57 1992
At Long Last Love 04:56 1992
I Remember You 07:17 1990
Peace for South Africa 10:46 1990
Let There Be Love 12:00 1990
Billie's Bounce 09:14 1990
The Gentle Waltz 08:34 1990
Goodbye Old Girl 13:00 1990
Our Waltz 09:54 1990
Song to Elitha 11:51 1990
Allegro 09:51 1986
What's New? 04:28 1986
Slooow Drag 10:36 1986
Everything Happens to Me 04:36 1986
This One's for Jaws 04:53 1986
Andante 03:24 1986
Rockin' Chair 05:32 1983
More Than You Know 06:35 1983
If You Could See Me Now 07:26 1983
A-Tisket, A-Tasket 04:26 1983
Mister Basie 05:54 1983
On Danish Shore 08:28 1983
Birk's Works 02:37 1983
If I Had You 04:27 1983
Weird Blues 06:42 1983
Stuffy 05:53 1983
Blueberry Hill 04:41 1983
Mississauga Rattler 07:45 1982
Future Child 01:51 1982
Now's the Time 08:15 1982
Move 04:03 1982
Weaver of Dreams 08:30 1982
Thermo 08:21 1982
All Blues 13:55 1982
London Gets Ready 05:39 1981
The Empty Cathedral 03:39 1981
Announcement 01:27 1981
Let the World Sing 05:35 1981
Lady Di's Waltz 05:01 1981
Jubilation 03:56 1981
Cakewalk 06:47 1981
Royal Honeymoon 03:46 1981
Nancy 08:16 1981
Heraldry 04:15 1981
Misty 08:27 1981
It's On 05:38 1981
Au Privave 06:52 1981
When Summer Comes 06:01 1981
Nigerian Marketplace 08:30 1981
The Swingin' Shepherd Blues 03:23 1980
Straight, No Chaser 08:54 1980
The Waltz I Blew for Yew 03:51 1980
Sometimes When We Touch 05:04 1980
I'll Never Smile Again 02:31 1980
Sweethearts on Parade 02:25 1980
Bluesology 06:57 1980
Some of These Days 03:46 1980
You Needed Me 03:50 1980
A Time for Love 07:17 1980
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise 02:22 1980
I'm Old Fashioned 06:10 1980
Summer's Going 04:10 1980
City Lights 06:36 1980
Spinning Wheel 04:06 1980
You Stepped Out of a Dream 07:19 1980
Wheels of Life 03:37 1980
There's No You 06:35 1980
That's All 07:33 1979
Solar Winds 06:50 1979
Makin' Whoopee 05:10 1979
Blues for Chris 00:00 1979
Someone to Watch Over Me 06:50 1979
Theme for Susannah 00:00 1979
Teenager 05:47 1979
Elliot 00:00 1979
Caravan 07:36 1979
First Reprise on Theme for Celine 00:00 1979
Charlie 03:09 1979
Younger Than Springtime 04:45 1979
Party Time U.S.A. 00:00 1979
Night Child 11:35 1979
Indiana 05:09 1979
The Happy Hour 00:00 1979
Soliloquy 09:13 1979
Old Folks 05:29 1979
Theme for Celine 00:00 1979
Dancin' Feet 06:20 1979
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 06:54 1978
Blue Lou 03:28 1978
Ain't Misbehavin' 05:07 1978
Duke Ellington Medley: 09:30 1978
Ornithology 04:46 1978
People 08:02 1978
Satin Doll 05:23 1978
Manhã de Carnaval 09:33 1978
It's a Wonderful World 05:33 1978
Emily 06:42 1978
Place St. Henri 05:01 1978
Donna Lee 02:45 1978
Hogtown Blues 08:03 1978
Goodbye 06:19 1978
Samba de Orfeu 04:36 1978
Sweet Georgia Brown 07:51 1978
Soft Winds 08:26 1978
Lover Man 05:04 1978
I Get Along Without You Very Well 07:12 1978
Benny's Bugle 06:09 1978
Gentle Tears 06:33 1978
Pennies from Heaven 08:58 1978
Who Can I Turn To? 08:09 1978
How Long Has This Been Going On? 05:10 1978
Jitterbug Waltz 05:40 1978
Bye Bye Blues 08:06 1977
Just in Time 09:49 1977
Things Ain't What They Used to Be 12:42 1977
If I Were a Bell 10:39 1977
Ali and Frazier 09:20 1977
Drebirks 11:18 1975
But Beautiful 04:44 1975
Darn That Dream 06:16 1975
I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me) 07:52 1975
(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China 04:24 1975
It Never Entered My Mind 05:42 1975
Quasi-Boogaloo 09:01 1975
Poor Butterfly 15:34 1975
Tenderly 07:57 1975
Honeysuckle Rose 05:29 1975
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues 05:06 1975
If 08:18 1975
Blues for Norman 08:00 1975
Just You, Just Me 04:22 1975
On the Alamo 11:36 1975
No Flugel Blues 05:38 1975
It's All Right With Me 05:56 1975
Lullaby of the Leaves 11:29 1975
Chops 04:48 1975
Ev'rything I Love 05:03 1975
Montreux Blues 13:25 1975
When It's Sleepy Time Down South 06:17 1975
Shaw 'Nuff 04:29 1975
The Summer Knows 06:58 1975
Blues for Bird 12:32 1974
Jobim 06:29 1974
Easy Living 06:10 1974
Mozambique 07:08 1974
Who Cares? 06:29 1974
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 05:16 1974
Hallelujah Trail 06:35 1974
Riff Blues 04:24 1974
Bad Hat Blues 07:34 1974
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? 03:25 1974
Oakland Blues 08:10 1974
The Way You Look Tonight 06:22 1974
On the Trail 05:01 1974
Crazy Rhythm 05:34 1974
For Count 06:49 1974
She's Funny That Way 07:34 1974
The Man I Love 04:33 1974
Wave 05:17 1974
Danish Pastry 05:53 1974
Little Jazz 04:45 1974
Signify 05:05 1974
I Concentrate on You 04:28 1974
Alone Together 05:16 1974
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 07:22 1974
Mean to Me 06:32 1974
I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) 04:29 1974
Dizzy Atmosphere 04:55 1974
Sunny 04:49 1974
Basie 07:22 1974
Easy Listening Blues 07:48 1973
Chicago Blues 13:45 1973
This Is Where It's At 07:50 1972
Sweety Blues (for Harry 02:59 1972
The Preacher 04:26 1972
You Can Depend on Me 06:55 1972
Greasy Blues 05:20 1972
Strike Up the Band 04:33 1972
I Wished on the Moon 07:36 1972
In a Sentimental Mood 05:09 1972
Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me) 04:20 1972
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? 04:53 1972
R.B. Blues 03:55 1972
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 03:12 1972
Five O'Clock Whistle 04:07 1972
I Hear Music 06:36 1972
Main Stem 05:10 1972
Wes' Tune 06:37 1972
What Am I Here For 05:46 1972
Texas Blues 07:35 1972
Richard's Round 04:20 1972
I Want to Be Happy 04:20 1972
The Good Life 05:15 1972
Okie Blues 08:45 1972
Gay's Blues 06:00 1972
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 04:04 1971
Catherine 03:03 1971
Sesame Street 02:55 1971
Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me) 07:28 1971
Smile 03:59 1971
Dream of You 04:17 1971
I Didn't Know What Time It Was 06:37 1970
Dancing on the Ceiling 05:07 1970
The Windmills of Your Mind 05:04 1970
Basin Street Blues 04:14 1970
Teach Me Tonight 05:07 1970
Give Me the Simple Life 03:59 1970
Once Upon a Summertime 05:19 1970
The Jamfs Are Coming 05:40 1970
Rock of Ages 05:32 1970
Too Close for Comfort 04:19 1970
Ja-Da 04:17 1970
All the Things You Are 06:13 1970
A Little Jazz Exercise 02:43 1970
Greensleeves 04:27 1970
If I Should Lose You 05:19 1970
Blues for Martha 05:11 1970
A Child Is Born 02:35 1970
This Guy's in Love with You 03:50 1969
Blues for H.G. 06:05 1969
Wandering 02:58 1969
Seven Come Eleven 05:06 1969
Sally's Tomato 03:11 1969
Exactly Like You 04:50 1969
Eleanor Rigby 03:09 1969
Dreamsville 03:01 1969
A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening 08:23 1969
Waltzing Is Hip 06:11 1968
On a Clear Day 04:27 1968
Quiet Nights 00:00 1968
Stella by Starlight 05:17 1966
Amanha 04:21 1966
The Shadow of Your Smile 04:39 1966
Soulville Samba 02:25 1966
Shelley's World 05:20 1966
Carioca 04:31 1966
Blues Etude 03:53 1966
How Insensitive 04:02 1966
Call Me 05:19 1966
Mas Que Nada 02:27 1966
L' Impossible 05:00 1966
Samba Sensitive 03:20 1966
Bossa Beguine 03:49 1966
Meditation 04:15 1966
Django 07:21 1965
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You 02:56 1965
Children's Tune 01:09 1965
Little Girl 02:35 1965
Unforgettable 02:37 1965
Sweet Lorraine 03:31 1965
Walkin' My Baby Back Home 02:31 1965
What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? 02:39 1965
It's Only a Paper Moon 02:29 1965
Calypso Blues 03:34 1965
When My Sugar Walks Down the Street 02:18 1965
Straighten Up and Fly Right 02:25 1965
The Smudge 05:07 1965
Orange Colored Sky 02:12 1965
I Want a Little Girl 05:10 10/1964
Squeaky's Blues 03:28 10/1964
They Didn't Believe Me 04:21 10/1964
Mack the Knife 05:16 10/1964
Mumbles 02:01 10/1964
Roundalay 03:55 10/1964
Blues for Smedley 06:56 10/1964
Brotherhood of Man 03:32 10/1964
Shiny Stockings 04:05 1964
Days of Wine and Roses 02:40 1964
This Nearly Was Mine 04:15 1964
Corcovado 02:49 1964
Lil' Darlin' 03:09 1964
Land of the Misty Giants 04:11 1964
Time and Again 04:38 1964
Fly Me to the Moon 04:17 1964
March Past 03:25 1964
D & E 05:11 1964
Little Right Foot 04:53 1964
Wheatland 05:30 1964
The Girl from Ipanema 03:51 1964
Let's Fall in Love 04:41 1964
Blues of the Prairies 04:59 1964
You Look Good to Me 04:49 1964
The Strut 04:05 1964
Laurentide Waltz 05:20 1964
Have You Met Miss Jones? 04:10 1964
Ballad to the East 04:08 1964
My One and Only Love 05:08 1964
A Sleepin' Bee 03:43 1963
My Ship 05:42 1963
Nightingale 04:13 1963
Come Sunday 03:24 1963
Some Day My Prince Will Come 02:52 1963
'Round Midnight 04:08 1963
Judy 03:39 1963
My Foolish Heart 05:00 1963
Portrait of Jenny 04:28 1963
Waltz for Debby 05:53 1962
C Jam Blues 03:26 1962
Jet Song 07:49 1962
Young and Foolish 04:51 1962
Happy Go Lucky Local 04:52 1962
Somewhere 05:38 1962
Here's That Rainy Day 04:03 1962
I'm a Fool to Want You 03:44 1962
Something's Coming 03:57 1962
Six and Four 07:03 1962
A Wonderful Guy 04:57 1962
West Coast Blues 03:57 1962
Baubles, Bangles, & Beads 00:00 1962
John Brown's Body 07:49 1962
Reprise 03:57 1962
This Could Be the Start of Something 04:43 1962
Moten Swing 02:55 1962
Work Song 07:35 1962
I Feel Pretty 04:30 1962
Gravy Waltz 04:26 1962
Bags' Groove 05:43 1962
Heartstrings 05:43 1962
Maria 04:55 1962
Tangerine 04:41 1962
Georgia on My Mind 03:46 1962
On Green Dolphin Street 07:32 1962
Tonight 04:38 1962
Chicago 08:55 1961
Soon 09:20 1961
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning 08:07 1961
Woody 'N' You 03:48 1961
I've Never Been in Love Before 05:35 1961
The Gravy Waltz 04:54 1961
The Lonesome One 05:32 1961
Billy Boy 01:46 1961
Whisper Not 05:46 1961
Sometimes I'm Happy 11:41 1961
The Night We Called It a Day 04:47 1961
Unfair 03:53 1960
Gentleman Jimmy 03:27 1960
Politics and Poker 04:12 1960
Till Tomorrow 02:40 1960
Home Again 03:01 1960
Little Tin Box 04:13 1960
When Did I Fall in Love? 04:30 1960
Where Do I Go from Here? 04:23 1960
On the Side of Angels 06:33 1960
Sunday 03:57 1959
You'd Be So Easy to Love 02:34 1959
That Old Black Magic 00:00 1959
Saturday Night 02:57 1959
Oh, Lawd, I'm on My Way! 02:35 1959
Cotton Tail 03:24 1959
I Was Doing All Right 02:50 1959
My Funny Valentine 00:00 1959
I Won't Dance 02:32 1959
Pick Yourself Up 02:12 1959
How Deep Is the Ocean? 02:36 1959
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive 00:00 1959
The Tender Trap 02:44 1959
Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine 00:55 1959
The Maidens of Cadiz 07:40 1959
Love Walked In 02:49 1959
Blue Moon 00:00 1959
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 00:00 1959
Lovely to Look At 02:48 1959
Night and Day 02:30 1959
Bye Bye Blackbird 06:45 1959
Witchcraft 03:12 1959
I Wants to Stay Here 06:22 1959
Con Alma 06:55 1959
Do Nothing till You Hear from Me 03:01 1959
Johnny One Note 00:00 1959
Lover 00:00 1959
Long Ago 02:35 1959
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye 02:17 1959
Come Rain or Come Shine 00:00 1959
When Your Lover Has Gone 03:59 1959
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' 06:26 1959
Bess, You Is My Woman Now 03:28 1959
Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) 04:29 1959
Prelude to a Kiss 03:53 1959
Shall We Dance? 02:18 1959
Isn't It Romantic? 00:00 1959
Ol' Man River 02:38 1959
I've Got You Under My Skin 02:47 1959
As Long as I Live 00:00 1959
Learnin' the Blues 03:41 1959
The Touch of Your Lips 06:20 1959
Little Pea's Blues 04:34 1959
The Man that Got Away 00:00 1959
Here Come de Honey Man 01:11 1959
Rockin' in Rhythm 03:19 1959
Nice Work If You Can Get It 02:07 1959
Manhattan 00:00 1959
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man 02:45 1959
Just One of Those Things 02:21 1959
Come Dance with Me 02:22 1959
Stockholm Sweetnin' 04:05 1959
It's De-Lovely 02:28 1959
Happiness is a Thing Called Joe 00:00 1959
The Birth of the Blues 02:38 1959
Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? 04:56 1959
John Hardy's Wife 03:45 1959
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 02:20 1959
The Surrey With the Fringe on Top 00:00 1959
A Fine Romance 03:09 1959
Love for Sale 03:26 1959
You Make Me Feel So Young 02:40 1959
The Spirit-Feel 04:38 1959
I Love Paris 02:09 1959
Over the Rainbow 00:00 1959
All of Me 03:25 1959
There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York 07:13 1959
Take the "A" Train 03:16 1959
They All Laughed 02:31 1959
It Might as Well Be Spring 00:00 1959
The Song Is You 03:04 1959
In the Still of the Night 02:49 1959
Why Can't You Behave? 02:58 1959
Stormy Weather 00:00 1959
I Get a Kick Out of You 03:03 1959
It Ain't Necessarily So 04:01 1959
Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' 03:01 1959
Oh, Lady be Good! 03:02 1959
This Can't Be Love 00:00 1959
Bill 02:58 1959
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 02:49 1959
On the Street Where You Live 00:00 1958
Moonlight in Vermont 06:05 1958
The Champ 05:25 1958
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face 00:00 1958
Wouldn't It Be Loverly? 00:00 1958
Get Me to the Church on Time 00:00 1958
Gal in Calico 05:16 1958
Show Me 00:00 1958
I Like to Recognize the Tune 04:17 1958
I Could Have Danced All Night 00:00 1958
Baby, Baby All the Time 06:49 1958
It Happens Every Spring 00:00 1957
Dream on a Summer Night 00:00 1957
Budo 04:42 1957
On the Outside Looking In 00:00 1957
I Can't Get Started 00:00 1957
We'll Be Together Again 02:34 1957
I've Never Left your Arms 00:00 1957
The Lady Is a Tramp 04:51 1957
Echoes 00:00 1957
Joy Spring 05:33 1957
Song to the Stars 00:00 1957
Big Fat Mama 07:34 1957
Why, Oh Why 00:00 1957
Autumn in New York 02:46 1957
Should I? 05:16 1957
You Took Advantage of Me 00:00 1957
Monitor Blues 07:13 1957
Eurev 04:51 1957
Shanel 00:00 1957
Will You Still Be Mine? 04:59 1957
I've Got the World on a String 06:41 1957
How High the Moon 09:44 1956
Nuages 05:05 1956
Gypsy in My Soul 06:23 1956
Noreen's Nocturne 05:31 1956
Swinging on a Star 05:33 1956
Flamingo 04:59 1956
How About You? 05:53 1956
52nd Street Theme 04:13 1956
Falling in Love with Love 06:15 1956
Love You Madly 08:01 1956
A Sunday Kind of Love 03:32 1955
Lester Leaps In 03:58 1955
One O'Clock Jump 05:49 1955
I Only Have Eyes for You 02:46 1955
Topsy 04:22 1955
I Thought About You 02:19 1955
Blue and Sentimental 02:29 1955
Broadway 04:31 1955
The Boy Next Door 02:19 1955
Blues for Basie 03:34 1955
Laura 06:26 1955
Jumping at the Woodside 05:42 1955
Black Coffee 02:17 1955
9:20 Special 03:40 1955
Stars Fell on Alabama 03:40 1955
Easy Does It 06:28 1955
Ruby 03:14 1955
Blues in the Night 00:00 1954
Never No Lament (Do Nothin' Til You Hear from Me) 03:01 1952
Slow Down 03:44 1952
What Is It? 03:33 1952
Salute to Garner 02:49 1952
Summer Nocturne 03:02 1952
Morning in Newfoundland 03:55
Harcourt Nights 05:12
Open Spaces 07:13
The French Fiddler 03:05
Lonesome Prairie 03:35
Banff the Beautiful 05:40
Cookin' on the Trail 04:06
Ballad to P.E.I. 03:00
Dancetron 04:02
Anthem to a New Land 02:33
The Okanagan Valley 04:37
Manitoba Minuet 05:25

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