It was a poignant coincidence. While wrapping the last of the Christmas presents on Sunday afternoon and playing with the Grandboy, who likes to listen to jazz, I dug out an old Christmas CD that we haven’t listened to in years. Oscar Peterson Christmas is a collection of mellow jazz renditions of Christmas favorites, perfect music for wrapping or unwrapping presents, or for playing in the background during Christmas Eve dinner! The sad coincidence is that jazz great, Oscar Peterson, passed away on Sunday.
I grew up listening to the music of Oscar Peterson. My family probably wore out his West Side Story album, the vinyl finally getting pretty scratchy. I’d have to ask my oldest brother, a jazz musician himself, about the other Peterson albums we listened to, but I’m sure that one of them was The Trio, which was released in 1961, and included the song In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, which I loved. So, although the man is gone, his music lives on in our home and in our hearts.