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Week Ago, Oliver Jones, Greatest Living Jazz Musician In Canada, Played His Hometown Montreal International Jazz Festival, One Of World's Largest. Oliver Jones Plays Oliver Jones, read bill. It was first time, he said in conversation earlier last week, that pianist, now 77, would be playing strictly his own tunes for entire set. Show Was Affirmation Of His Legacy, In Canada And Abroad, And Backed By His Trio Of Jim Doxas On Drums And Eric Lagace On Bass, He Played Brilliantly Into Night. Highlights include one More Time, swinging title track of his 2006 release, and lights of Burgundy, wistful ballad recorded in 1985 and named after poor, black neighborhood in Montreal where he grew up, Little Burgundy. For final song, however, Jones strays from script. He chose late pianist Oscar Peterson's powerful hymn to Freedom, which wound up as fitting conclusion to show. Earlier that evening, Jones had presented Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard with Festival's Oscar Peterson Award, prize bestowed to great Canadian Jazz musician. Jones received award himself in 1990. Peterson, who died in 2007 at age of 82, was on everyone's mind that night. He usually is one thinks about Jones and Montreal Jazz, and with good reason. Oliver Jones and Oscar Peterson grew up 12 doors away from each other Little Burgundy, also known as. Henri. During closing gala of 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival, two played memorable duet performance. Jones had come out retirement for show. It was emotional, said Andre Menard, Festival's artistic director. Oliver was relieved that it would finally happen, that he would share stage with Oscar, and he said something very funny. He say, 'Well, to be on same stage as Oscar Peterson, for me, is great feeling, but I wish I had his money. ' It was humorous way of getting at simple and maybe uncomfortable truth. Despite his success, Jones has never enjoyed kind of international fame that Peterson had in his life. It could simply have to do with timing: Peterson was born about nine years before Jones, and got relatively late start to playing Jazz professionally. It could have to do with fact that their virtuosic styles, rooted in gospel vernacular, seem so similar. But as Jazz critic John S. Wilson wrote in 1986, Jones' style is do in context that is reminiscent of big, buoyant melodic structures that were created by Erroll Garner. They are different pianists. Born in 1934, Jones grew up during particularly robust period in history of Montreal Jazz. There are two Black Jazz clubs in city, Cafe. Michel and Rockhead's Paradise, host some big performers passing through on their North tours: Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan. Jones soaked it all in, and even performed around city himself.

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