An Intimate Look at 'Oscar, With Love' - oscar peterson tribute film & concert

January 27, 2017

6pm Documentary @ Shaw Festival Theatre

7:30pm Reception & Concert @ Shaw Festival Studio Theatre

10 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Experience an intimate look at the life of the late Oscar Peterson and celebrate the legacy of the jazz piano legend with a documentary screening at the Shaw Festival Film Series followed by a live performance featuring JUNO winning pianist Robi Botos, a protégé of Oscar, and Dave Young, former bassist of Oscar's iconic jazz trio.

Special guests Kelly & Céline Peterson, wife and daughter of Oscar Peterson, will host the evening and provide a glimpse into the life of Oscar.


6-7pm - documentary film screening

The Shaw Festival Film Series presents Oscar Peterson: Keeping the Groove AliveThis critically-acclaimed documentary reveals the man behind the legend, featuring compelling interviews with Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Phil Nimmons and many more. Jazz FM.91's Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore will host a post-screening Q&A with Kelly & Céline Peterson.


7:30pm - reception, followed by concert

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Stratus wine & light hors d'oeuvres by Prince of Wales Hotel Executive Chef Chris Smythe, followed by a one-hour concert featuring Robi Botos, JUNO winning pianist and a protégé of Oscar, with Dave Young, an integral member of Oscar's iconic jazz trio for three decades.

Robi Botos and Dave Young will perform some of Peterson’s most famous works, and Céline Peterson will share personal stories and provide a glimpse into the life of her father Oscar Peterson.

Robi and Dave will also perform works from 'Oscar With Love' , a world premiere recording produced by Kelly Peterson and released by Two Lions Records in 2015 commemorating Oscar Peterson's 90th birthday that featured never-before heard original Oscar Peterson compositions by some of the most celebrated jazz artists in the world.

About the Artists:


Robi Botos

Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument. Robi's most recent album Movin' Forward won the 2016 JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year.



Dave Young

“To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.”   --Dr. Oscar Peterson

Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.