Oscar Peterson gives a piano lesson (1979)

In 1979, jazz legend Oscar Peterson -- called "the Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington -- gave Dick Cavett a lovely TV piano lesson. (Thanks, Gareth Branwyn!)

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  1. I miss Dick Cavett. Back in the 70s he was the smartest guy on TV. I searched Youtube for his show with Robin Williams - that was epic, but only little snips are available.

  2. Mastery is beautiful to watch, especially when done by a master who affects no pomposity or bloviation in their explanation. The way Peterson's hands move up and down the keys was a little like watching birds in flight, or a world-class gymnast vaulting off the pommel horse. Poetry in motion.
    And yeah, @Boundegar, the older I get the more I realize how awesome Dick Cavett was.

    Edit: Came back to add this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTJhHn-TuDY

  3. cosine says:

    I can't find it now but if you see the clip of Christopher Plummer talking about the trials of being the SECOND best piano player in his high school (behind Peterson) it's a great story.

  4. My personal favorite:

  5. since they mentioned him in the interview, I'll share an Art Tatum tune here, a personal favorite

    @wrecksdart thanks for that C Jam's link. he's killin' it!

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