Oscar Peterson is one of Canada’s most honoured musicians and widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time.

Nine decades after the musical legend’s early years growing up in the predominantly Black neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in Montreal, Peterson is still remembered and revered for his legacy on music here in Canada and far beyond. And now, there’s finally a Heritage Minute dedicated to the great Oscar Peterson.

Toronto-based pianist and composer Thompson Egbo-Egbo portrays a young Oscar Peterson performing in the late 1940s in a new edition of Historica Canada’s well-recognized 60-second short films. Filmed in the fall of 2019, the clip was released this month as part of the organization’s observance of Black History Month.

Egbo-Egbo, who has released three recordings as a leader — including his latest, The Offering — is joined on stage by bassist Brandon Davis and drummer David Lowe as they portray the Oscar Peterson Trio performing at the Alberta Lounge.

Egbo-Egbo told us about what it was like to fill the shoes of one of Canada’s greatest musical icons.