Outside it was a warm, Sunday afternoon in a blazing sun.. But inside it was dark, cool — in every sense — and the year was 1946. It was Montreal’s Alberta Lounge.

Not really, but it sure looked that way.

I was at a venue well known to Toronto fans of jazz, blues and roots music — Hugh’s Room Live. But the joint was jammed with a production crowd: costumes, makeup, sets, camera and sound crews, smoke machine, props and, of course, the craft service table. Among the audience were clubgoers in their postwar finery and a waitress with a tray of cocktails, and on stage there was a grand piano, a period-appropriate drum set, a bass and three musicians: bass player Brandon Davis, drummer David Lowe and, on the keys, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, looking uncannily like a young Oscar Peterson.

All these forces had been gathered to produce a one-minute feature — a Heritage Minute on the young Oscar’s roots in the Montreal club scene of the ‘40s. This Heritage Minute, produced by Historica Canada, is the first to feature a jazz artist as its subject.