Music: Swing, with Harmonics

At the age of 28, a Montreal Negro named Oscar Peterson is one of the world's finest jazz pianists. As a touring star of the troupe called Jazz at the Philharmonic (TIME, March 2), he has fascinated audiences on three continents, won Down Beat magazine's "best piano player" poll four years in a row. Last week, at Los Angeles' Tiffany Club," he settled his huge (6 ft. 2 in., 250 Ibs.) bulk on the bench, spread his long, spatulate fingers over the keys, and gave his doting audience a typical sample of piano a...

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