February 17, 2018 - 1pm - Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival: Celebrating Norman Granz and Jazz at the Philharmonic
Niagara wine country will be filled with the sounds of jazz when the inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival takes place during the weekend of February 16 - 18, 2018. Spearheaded by Artistic Director, the 5-time JUNO Award-winning, celebrated jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, the world’s first (and only!) jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist will honour and celebrate his legacy of excellence. “This Festival is not intended to simply present concerts in tribute to Oscar Peterson, but rather to truly present jazz, showcasing the rich history and the future of the music Oscar loved,” said Rosnes.
Saturday afternoon features screenings of two documentaries produced by Norman Granz (one of which, Jammin’ the Blues
, was nominated for an Oscar), as well as a JATP concert film. Tad Hershorn,
jazz archivist and Granz biographer, will moderate, along with Jacques Muyal,
long-time associate of Granz.
The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival is led by Artistic Director Renee Rosnes, Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, Executive Producer Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts.
The 2018 Festival will be dedicated to Norman Granz, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. “Impresario, record producer, civil rights activist, and founder of Jazz at the Philharmonic, Norman Granz is arguably the most important non-musician in jazz history,” said Kelly Peterson, Artistic Producer of the festival.
This is a free event. Registration required. To register, visit www.opjazzfest.org