Questions on Oscar Peterson!

Answer the following questions of your choosing to learn more about Oscar Peterson and how he impacted society!

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Oscar Peterson was a Canadian virtuoso jazz pianist and composer. He released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards and is considered one of history's great jazz pianists. Oscar Peterson played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. He was called the Maharaja of the keyboard by Duke Ellington and received numerous other awards and honours.


  1. What was Oscar Peterson's early musical background and training?
  2. How did Oscar Peterson's style of playing piano develop and evolve over his career?
  3. What were some of the major accomplishments of Oscar Peterson throughout his career?
  4. How did Oscar Peterson's experiences as a Black Canadian shape his musical career and the issues he chose to focus on?
  5. How did Oscar Peterson's approach to music differ from that of other jazz pianists of his time?
  6. What specific musical influences did Oscar Peterson draw from in his compositions and performances?
  7. How did Oscar Peterson's collaborations with other musicians and bands shape his musical legacy?
  8. How did Oscar Peterson's race and identity shape his experiences and the reception of his music?
  9. How has Oscar Peterson's legacy been remembered and celebrated in the years since his death?
  10. How has Oscar Peterson's music influenced and impacted the jazz and music community and society as a whole?
  11. What other African-Canadians have received Grammys other than Peterson that resonate with you and why?
  12. What pivotal role did music and musicians play during the civil rights movement  in America?