Quotations by Oscar Peterson

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Born: Saturday, August 15, 1925
Died: Sunday, December 23, 2007 (82 years old)
Profession: Musician
Nationality: Canadian

I am the worlds laziest writer.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Writer)

I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Idea)

I don't believe that a lot of the things I hear on the air today are going to be played for as long a time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Time, Today)

I don't do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldn't care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Care, Will)

I have no one style.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Style)

I play as I feel.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Play)

If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: People, Will, Worth)

It's the group sound that's important, even when you're playing a solo.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Sound)

Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: People, Jazz, Play, Trying)

The music field was the first to break down racial barriers, because in order to play together, you have to love the people you are playing with, and if you have any racial inhibitions, you wouldn't be able to do that.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Love, Music, People, First, Order, Play)

Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Jazz, Style)

We're not like pop musicians who have to perform the same top ten tunes every night of a tour.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Musicians, Night)

You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.
- Oscar Peterson
(Keywords: Jazz)

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