2nd Annual Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival
February 15-17, 2019
Renee Rosnes, Artistic Director
Kelly Peterson, Artistic Producer
Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, Executive Producer
Stay tuned for the exciting lineup announcement!
As the world’s first (and only!) jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist, the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival 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. The first annual Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival took place February 16-18, 2018 in the Niagara Region of Ontario.
"This was that kind of jazz festival - the Bordeaux-sipping, dreamy ballads kind, something of lovely social fantasy not far in spirit from that evoked by the "dear gentle folk of Newport," as sung in That's Jazz by Bing Crosby in the 1956 film High Society. In broader terms, here was a reminder of jazz's golden afterglow in the 1960s and early 70s, when the music still made money, when compact festivals from Newport, R.I., to Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera, were well-curated at the start."
-Peter Goddard, The Globe and Mail
Photography by Alex Heidbuechel