Oscar Peterson’s Africa Suite has never been performed in its entirety until now – CBC.ca

In 1983, Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson performed a piece of music calledPeacein Tokyo. The track was a part of hisAfrica Suite,completed in 1979.

In an earlier concert, Peterson performed a track calledNigerian Marketplace, which was also part of theAfrica Suite.

But Peterson never performed the suite its entirety during his lifetime. In fact, onlya small handful of songs from the suite were performed at all.

That will all change this week. On Wednesday, Feb. 12 12 years after Peterson's death hisAfrica Suitewill make its world premiere at Toronto's Koerner Hall.

The event, which is part of the largerOscar Peterson International Jazz Festival,is organised by the jazz artist's late wife, Kelly Peterson, and features hisprotege and collaborator, Benny Green, on piano.

Kelly Peterson and Green joinedqhost Tom Power to talk about the late Canadian jazz icon and why they're premiering theAfricaSuitenow.

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