41st San Francisco Jazz Festival | Oscar Peterson’s ‘The Africa Suite’
Oscar Peterson
All-Star U.S. Premiere + Centennial Celebration

Oscar Peterson’s ‘The Africa Suite’

Featuring The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra w/ Benny Green, Kenny Barron, Gerald Clayton & More

Hosted By Terence Blanchard

JUNE 5-16 | 41ST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jun 12, 2024
Davies Symphony Hall

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Original show description below.

In a joyous celebration of piano legend Oscar Peterson’s upcoming centennial, an all-star cast of jazz greats presents the U.S. premiere of Peterson’s previously unperformed AFRICA suite along with a full performance of his 1964 Canadiana Suite and a selection of other notable Peterson compositions. The evening will be hosted by SFJAZZ Executive Artistic Director Terence Blanchard, who will provide insights about Oscar Peterson and the music that's being performed. 

This exclusive concert endorsed by the Peterson estate will be anchored by a core quartet featuring Berkeley-raised pianist and Oscar Peterson protégé Benny Green, guitarist Russell Malone, and drummer Jeff Hamilton — all of whom performed extensively with Oscar Peterson Trio bassist Ray Brown — along with bassist and composer John Clayton. They will be joined by pianist, 2010 NEA Jazz Master, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Kenny Barron, the masterful pianist Gerald Clayton, Israeli-American jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman (featured on the Canadiana Suite), GRAMMY and Emmy-winning bassist Robert Hurst, and the GRAMMY-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, co-led by John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.

Arranged for this concert by John Clayton, the expansive AFRICA suite was composed in 1979 and was never recorded or performed in its entirety during Peterson’s lifetime, with only the movements “Nigerian Marketplace” and “Peace for South Africa” appearing on live albums in the 1980s.

Do not miss the historic U.S. premiere of this unheard masterwork that will also be the first and only time that both the AFRICA Suite and the Canadiana Suite will be performed during the same concert.

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U.S. premiere of Oscar Peterson’s previously unperformed AFRICA suite featuring GRAMMY-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Peterson protégé Benny Green, 2010 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron and more!

PRESS
The never-performed work of a piano great is premiering at SFJAZZ Festival (San Francisco Chronicle)

Jazz’s piano virtuoso

The New York Times on oscar peterson

Jazz’s piano virtuoso

The New York Times on oscar peterson

Personnel

Benny Green piano
Russell Malone guitar
John Clayton bass
Jeff Hamilton drums 

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

SPECIAL GUESTS
Kenny Barron piano
Gerald Clayton piano
Tamir Hendelman piano
Robert Hurst bass

HOSTED BY
Terence Blanchard

The playing is at so high a level, so un-hackneyed, that sheer quality triumphs.

PopMatters on the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Personnel

Benny Green piano
Russell Malone guitar
John Clayton bass
Jeff Hamilton drums 

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

SPECIAL GUESTS
Kenny Barron piano
Gerald Clayton piano
Tamir Hendelman piano
Robert Hurst bass

HOSTED BY
Terence Blanchard

The playing is at so high a level, so un-hackneyed, that sheer quality triumphs.

PopMatters on the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Watch & Listen

Oscar Peterson

Nigerian Marketplace

Oscar Peterson

Peace for South Africa

Oscar Peterson

Nigerian Marketplace

Oscar Peterson

Peace for South Africa

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