Oscar Peterson Best Quotes

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, but simply “O.P.” by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered to have been one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. Enjoy Oscar Peterson’s best quotes below.

Oscar Peterson
“You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That’s jazz.”
“I play as I feel.”
“The music field was the first to break down racial barriers, because in order to play together, you have to love the people you are playing with, and if you have any racial inhibitions, you wouldn’t be able to do that.”
“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.”
“If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you.”
“It’s the group sound that’s important, even when you’re playing a solo.”
“Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they’re trying to say with jazz. You don’t need any prologues, you just play.”
“Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing.”
“I am the worlds laziest writer.”
“I don’t do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldn’t care less. If it sells one, it sells one.”
“I don’t believe that a lot of the things I hear on the air today are going to be played for as long a time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.”
“We’re not like pop musicians who have to perform the same top ten tunes every night of a tour.”
“I have no one style.”

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