Photoreport: Wynton playing for Oscar Peterson

Posted on June 9th, 2007 in Photo | Tags: photo

Last night at Carnegie Hall, Wynton and other jazz greats celebrated the career of Oscar Peterson at the venerable concert theatre where his 1949 debut propelled him onto the international stage.
He played “Just Friends” in a wonderful quartet, with Mulgrew Miller (piano), Christian McBride (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums).

Unfortunately, Oscar Peterson was not well enough to witness last night’s spectacle and the near-capacity crowd of 2,700, including 50 guests of the Canadian Consulate, which helped sponsor the event. However, wife Kelly and daughter Celine were in attendance.

“Even though he couldn’t be here, this evening – he is quite disappointed – he sends his heartfelt thanks,” said Kelly Peterson, who wiped away tears several times during the concert.

Wynton Marsalis performs during the all star tribute to Oscar Peterson
Wynton performs during the all star tribute to Oscar Peterson. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

Wynton Marsalis performs during the all star tribute to Oscar Peterson
Wynton performs during the all star tribute to Oscar Peterson. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

Wynton Marsalis performs during the all star tribute to Oscar Peterson
Wynton performs during the all star tribute to Oscar Peterson. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)