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Oliver Jones is one of Canada’s premier pianists and a winner of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award. As a child, he took lessons with Daisy Peterson Sweeney, Oscar Peterson’s sister. With a long career as a performer, composer and educator, Jones is an important player in the international jazz piano scene.
Piano Jazz celebrates Jones’ 82nd birthday with this session from 1990. His music speaks for itself as he plays his own “Jordio.” To close the session, host Marian McPartland and Jones say it all with “Three Little Words.”
Originally broadcast in the fall of 1990.
- “Jordio” (Jones)
- “Up Jumped Spring” (Lincoln, Hubbard)
- “I Want To Be Happy” (Youmans, Caesar)
- “This Time The Dream’s On Me” (Arlen, Mercer)
- “Katatura” (Jones)
- “What A Beautiful Sight” (Jones)
- “Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You” (Razaf, Redman)
- “In The Days Of Our Love” (McPartland)
- “Three Little Words” (Kalmar, Ruby)