Oscar Peterson festival set for NOTL

An Oscar Peterson festival is heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake, next February.

The surprise announcement was made by Kelly Peterson, the wife of the late pianist, during last Friday’s Bravo Niagara!’s Oscar with Love event.

It was also revealed, Canadian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Renee Rosnes will join the festival as artistic director.

JAZZFM.91 contacted Kelly Peterson for her thoughts on this incredible news.

“I’m thrilled to announce The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, in collaboration with Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. The vision for this Festival comes from the gifted Canadian pianist and composer, Renee Rosnes, who will lead as Artistic Director.

The OPIJF will take place in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, with the inaugural Festival scheduled for February 16-18, 2018.

Stay tuned to JAZZ.FM91 for further updates, and also be sure to follow the social media channels of Oscar Peterson and Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts.”

A variety of NOTL venues are expected to take part in the festivities, with an array of both local and international artists.