In the following CBC video, Oscar talks about the impact of Ray Charles on music:
For biographical information, see Oscar Peterson's autobiography A Jazz Odyssey -- My Life in Jazz or try one of these sites:
I have so many Oscar Peterson recordings that I'm not certain where to start. A few that come to mind are:
In 1988, Gene Lees wrote Oscar Peterson The Will To Swing. This book was published by Lester and Orpen Dennys and covers all of Oscar's life. From the jacket cover,
"In this wide-ranging biography, critic and lyricist Gene Lees examines the life and motivation of one of the world's greatest jazz pianists -- a brooding genius who has sought constantly to explore all the possibilities of his chosen instrument and is still engaged in that process of discovery today."There is also a thin book written by Richard Palmer called Oscar Peterson which was published in England by Spellmount Ltd. in 1984.
The Oscar Peterson Trio
Copyright 1964 by Tomi Music Company
Oscar Peterson Jazz Piano Solos
Both books are published by Charles Hansen Educational Music & Books, Miami, Florida. Unfortunately, these books are out of print and there are no current plans to reprint them. If you are looking for these books, you will have to find second-hand copies. Some Oscar Peterson songs are published in Fake books.
Over the years, many films of Oscar Peterson have been made. You can order the video In the Key of Oscar from the National Film Board of Canada. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC have both made videos of Oscar, although I have found it difficult to purchase any of these videos.
The most common way to see Oscar Peterson is via YouTube. Just search for "Oscar Peterson" and you will find numerous videos of Oscar Peterson performances. One of my favorite OP componsitions is "Hymn To Freedom" which is featured in the 1974 video below with the Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen: