Oliver was born and raised in Saint Henri, a predominantly working class area of Montrealom Peterson, and young Oliver would sit on the Peterson porch, listening to the older boy practice. Oscar's sister, Daisy Peterson Sweeney, became his first piano teacher, with lessons continuing for the next twelve years. These lessons solidified young Jones' skills, which were already considerable; Oliver was performing publicly at age five, and by the time he had his first nightclub appearance, he was nine. Oliver Jones' six-decade musical career has been rich and varied. His classical music education was followed by stints at Montreal's Café St-Michel, enthralling patrons with his acrobatic piano stunts. From his teens to his early twenties, Jones could play anything from swing to rock-n-roll; in those days playing jazz was not considered a viable career. A regular performer at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Oliver has frequently been asked to officially open the festival and has on more than one occasion been part of the closing gala. "I think the exposure I had at the Montreal Jazz Festival was really the key to the world hearing Oliver Jones," says the artist who made his most recent appearance at the Festival together with Oscar Peterson, the two duetting publicly for the first time, in front of a sold-our audience at Montreal's Place Des Arts. While still semi-retired from public performance, Jones visited the recording studio with singer Ranee Lee to produce their album, Just You, Just Me. The two are co-leaders on the quartet recording, rounded out by contributions from drummer Dave Laing and bassist Éric Lagacé. The album was released to great acclaim in June, 2005, and won the Toronto Urban Music Award for Best Jazz Recording in November 2005. Perhaps alluding to his reemergence on the concert front and the recording studio, after his brief but much-publicized retirement, Oliver chose to name the opus One More Time. It's one of his best recordings to date, in a career filled with superlative achievements. Oliver's 2007 recording, Second Time Around, with drummer Jim Doxas and bassist Eric Lagacé, won the Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Recording.

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Oliver Jones

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