Oscar Peterson Quotes & Sayings

13 most famous Oscar Peterson quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was a Canadian musician who passed away on 23 December, 2007.

“The music field was the first to break down racial barriers, because in order to play together, you have to love the people you are playing with, and if you have any racial inhibitions, you wouldn't be able to do that.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“It's the group sound that's important, even when you're playing a solo.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“I am the worlds laziest writer.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“I don't believe that a lot of the things I hear on the air today are going to be played for as long a time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.”
Oscar Peterson Quotes
“I don't do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldn't care less. If it sells one, it sells one.”

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