[JPL] Hundreds say goodbye at Peterson's funeral
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An interview with the late Oscar Peterson will be heard on KMUW's MoonGlow
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> MISSISSAUGA, Ont. --- A private funeral service for jazz legend Oscar
> Peterson on Friday drew hundreds of relatives and close friends, including
> former premier Bob Rae and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.
> In a fitting tribute to the eight-time Grammy winner, some of his
> most-celebrated songs served as a soundtrack for the afternoon ceremony,
> held in Mississauga, Ont. just west of Toronto.
> Jazz singer Diana Krall, who cites Peterson as one of her greatest
> inspirations, played the piano and sang songs such as "When Summer Comes,"
> which Peterson composed.
> The inimitable technician and composer, known for his swinging style
> demonstrated over more than a hundred recordings, succumbed to kidney
> failure and stroke complications at his Mississauga home Sunday night. He
> was 82. His website says a public memorial will be held soon.
> "It was beautiful," said McCallion of the private service. "It wasn't sad.
> He never wanted anything to be sad."
> Friends and relatives of the renowned musician flew in from Europe and the
> United States to attend the service, McCallion said.
> Earlier this week, Peterson's youngest daughter, Celine, 16, said she was
> shocked by the loss. On the day her father died, she wrote in her
> myspace page: "It is very hard for me to express how I feel about losing
> my Dad when people around me talk about how a legend, national treasure,
> virtuoso, piano god has passed away. ... My Dad was the best father that
> there ever was."
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