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Celebrating Oscar Peterson's 80th Birthday

Oscar Peterson died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007. This concert was originally broadcast in 1982, and posted on the NPR Web site in 2005.

NPR Jazzfest moves to New York City, for an 80th birthday tribute to legendary pianist Oscar Peterson.

Peterson has received dozens of awards -- including seven Grammys -- and several organizations have recognized him with lifetime achievement awards.

He made his U.S. debut in 1949 -- at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with all the greats of jazz history, including vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

We go back to the NPR Jazz archives to bring you a memorable set from 1982, featuring Peterson's classic trio (including the late bassist Neils-Henning Orsted Pederson) and other jazz greats paying tribute to the great Canadian pianist.

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