KC Jazz Club: Roger Kellaway: Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Roger Kellaway "is a rare pianist with the technical command and historical knowledge to recreate a portion of Oscar Peterson's ‘power, clarity, musicality, and will to swing,' all while sounding like himself" (JazzTimes).
One of the greatest piano players of all time, Oscar Peterson's speed, dexterity, and ability to swing at any tempo were astonishing. In 2007, a few months before Peterson's passing, Roger Kellaway's CD Heroes, a tribute to Oscar Peterson and other influences, won Best Record of the Year from the prestigious French Jazz Academy. JazzTimes calls Kellaway "a rare pianist with the technical command to recreate a portion of Peterson's power, clarity, musicality, and will to swing--all while sounding like himself." As a pianist, Kellaway has performed with many artists, from Elvis to Ellington, Gillespie to Yo-Yo Ma, Joni Mitchell to Henry Mancini. With more than 200 albums to his credit, he's also a composer of protean ability, writing in the jazz, classical, and popular music fields, and scoring for films and television. He's joined by guitarist Bruce Forman and bassist Dan Lutz, who collaborated with Kellaway on Heroes.
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