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. Join Benny Green (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Lewis Nash (drums), an all-star trio and big band conducted by John Clayton, complete with Peterson’s own piano on the Koerner Hall stage.
Presented in partnership with The Royal Conservatory of Music.
"Oscar Peterson festival brings true jazz to Ontario"
- Peter Goddard, The Globe and Mail
"A grand festival to celebrate the genius of Oscar Peterson"
- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group.
The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival
"The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival stands poised to become one of Canada’s most anticipated winter music events, and we are fortunate to have the magnificent Niagara wine region be our host. Just like the many, individual elements that contribute to the production of a signature bottle of wine, our one of a kind artist line-ups, featuring the best of both Canadian and American performers, are creating truly memorable listening experiences for all!"
- Renee Rosnes, Artistic Director