By Ron Wynn
NASHVILLE, TN — Among modern jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson ranks near the top. His facility, speed, harmonic flair and rhythmic imagination astonished both musicians and fans throughout his extensive career. Now the documentary “Oscar Peterson: Black + White” on Hulu offers a portrait of Peterson’s musical brilliance while also spotlighting his personal and political life.
It was filmed by Barry Avrich and released last week to Hulu as part of their Black History Month Celebration. Among the many interesting elements of Peterson’s life was the fact though he was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Peterson composed one of the anthems of America’s Civil Rights struggle.
Avrich covers Peterson’s rise to stardom, profiles some of his finest groups and gets comments, remembrances and assessments from numerous musicians, as well as New York…