3rd Annual Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival - AFRICA!

The world premiere of Oscar Peterson’s AFRICA!

Early in 1983, Peterson completed and recorded his Africa Suite. Two songs from that suite, "Nigerian Marketplace" (containing echoes of gospel and salsa) and "Peace" (the blues-inspired conclusion) became part of his concert repertoire. The entire suite has never been performed live in front of an audience, until now.

At this concert, you will hear the world premiere of AFRICA, arranged and conducted by John Clayton, featuring Benny Green on piano and Christian McBride on bass and a big band made up of Toronto all-stars. The program also includes this stellar group of musicians performing some of jazz’s greatest pieces in trio and quartet formats.


About the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival 

The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival (OPIJF), one of Canada’s most anticipated winter music events, is named for the internationally renowned Canadian jazz giant. It was created to present the essence of jazz and the sound of swing. Oscar Peterson dedicated his life to music with intense vitality: music which encompasses the entire living history of jazz, and the OPIJF represents the same unshakable excellence and integrity for which he was known. It is the mission of the OPIJF to showcase and celebrate world-class Canadian talent performing alongside American and international artists, thereby ensuring the future of jazz in Canada. Under the expert guidance of Artistic Director Renee Rosnes and Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, this annual festival provides a unique opportunity to hear rare combinations of musicians and individual stars, in performance. Celebrate the past, the present, and the future — all at the same time.