Jazz Artist Oscar Peterson

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 13, 2002

I think Oscar Peterson is the world's greatest jazz pianist. I know he had a stroke a few years ago. How is he doing?
—Joel R., Pennsylvania

Your assessment that Peterson, 76, is one of the world's greatest jazz pianists is shared by many. In 1993, the Montreal-born master musician suffered a stroke that weakened his left side and sidelined him for two years. However, he has recovered—and despite a long bout with arthritis still manages the occasional show, as well as composing and recording. He often travels with his wife, Kelly, and daughter, Celine. His numerous awards include a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1997 and an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award.