Oscar Emmanuel Peterson is a jazz muscian best known for Canadiana Suite of 1964, Hallelujah Time, Blues for Big Scotia, African Suite, Easter Suite, Royal Wedding Suite and Hymn to Freedom.
He has received seven Grammy awards. He was an officer of the French Ordre des arts et lettres (1989), and chevalier of the Ordre du Québec (1991). Peterson was also an Honorary Doctor of more than ten Canadian Universities, and was awarded the post of Chancellor of York University in 1991.
He was a Freemason. He died in December 23, 2007, and is regarded has one of the most respected figures in American music.