Oscar Peterson: The Life of a Legend (1995)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Instrumental Music, Music History  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

The documentary Oscar Peterson: The Life of a Legend delves into the life story of Peterson, a man widely regarded as one of the two or three most gifted and accomplished jazz pianists of the 20th Century and a certified master of swing. Among other elements, the program features one of the first reunions of Peterson Trio members Herb Ellis and Ray Brown in decades, discusses the racially-mixed Trio's clashes with bigotry on the road, and explores the complex family dynamics at the heart of the pianist's life, courtesy of a Peterson family reunion and interviews where Oscar's children candidly discuss their feelings regarding their dad.

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career-retrospective, concert-footage, family-reunion, jazz, legend [famous person], pianist, swing-music, virtuoso