Oscar Peterson
The Jazz Legend and the Man I Knew
A theatrical words and music presentation featuring
Lance Anderson and Russ Boswell

All seats $28.25

Award winning musician, composer and producer, Lance Anderson, will bring his acclaimed musical performance and conversation about Canadian jazz legend, Oscar Peterson, to the Orillia Opera House on Sunday Oct 17th as part of the 2021 Orillia Jazz festival.


The show, entitled “Oscar Peterson: The Jazz Legend & The Man I Knew,” has enthralled audiences with Anderson’s compelling narrative in combination with his masterful piano performances. This will continue the Sunday afternoon series of words and music concerts that he has done for the Orillia Jazz Festival.


“The show’s audiences appreciate Oscar’s music and talent,” explains Anderson, “but what they really love is hearing about Oscar’s life and the unique and special musical qualities that made him such a beloved international jazz legend,” says Anderson.


In 1990, Anderson met Oscar Peterson and collaborated with him to produce a comprehensive CD ROM resource of Peterson’s music and life. In “The Jazz legend & The Man I Knew,” Anderson tells, in anecdotes, personal stories, music, and a little history, the story of their meeting, their friendship and what it meant to be around a genius and what being a jazz genius is all about – what jazz is all about.


“It’s Important to keep Oscar’s legacy alive and to celebrate his great artistic contribution, not only as a virtuoso musician, but as a composer,” says Anderson.


Anderson will play compositions written by Peterson including selections from his Canadiana Suite and the world-renowned “Hymn to Freedom.” Anderson will be accompanied by Russ Boswell on acoustic bass. (Holly Cole, David Clayton Thomas, Harry Manx, Jackie Richardson).


“Lance is uniquely qualified to help us appreciate not only the special musical genius that was Oscar Peterson, but also what it was to know him as a friend,” says Holger Peterson, of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues. “I’ve appreciated our interviews for CBC and our conversations about the deep respect and soulful understanding that existed between them. It’s absolutely wonderful that Lance is sharing his music, stories and insight!” added Holger Peterson.


This will be a night of wonderful music from the greatest Canadian jazz musician, performed by someone who knew him intimately.

The audience can expect an inspiring and moving tribute by a musician who went from being in awe of a genius to being touched by the man.