MONTREAL, MAY 28, 2009- World renowned jazz pianist and Montreal native, Oliver Jones will be at Coronation Elementary School (4810 Van Horne) in Côte des Neiges on Tuesday, June 16 (noon) at which time the students and staff will formally thank him for the donation of a beautiful piano.
Jones visited the school a year ago. He took questions from a group of excited senior students, whom he later wowed with a jaw dropping piano performance of his own. The Coronation Steel Pan Band performed for him. Mr. Jones then dropped a big surprise, with the announcement that he would be donating a brand new piano to the school.
The piano arrived earlier this year. Principal Teresa Germano-Saucier is excited about the opportunity to thank Mr. Jones in person. Her main goal in inviting him to Coronatio last year was to get the students to relate to him because of his Montreal roots.
A child prodigy who at age three could play from memory songs he had heard once on the radio, Jones made his piano debut at age five at Union United Church in Montreal. Although trained as a classical pianist, Jones was inspired by his Saint-Henri Neighbor, the late and legendary jazz musician Oscar Peterson to learn jazz. It was love at first sight. “I didn’t choose jazz music, it chose me,” Jones said during his visit last year.