Hugo Kugiya, of the Seattle Times, interviewed pianist Benny Green in advance of Green's Oscar Peterson tribute set on Saturday, July 25. Green told Kugiya, that Saturday's performance carries special meaning for him:
"I didn't want to jump on any opportunistic bandwagon in the aftermath
of his passing (in 2007)," said Green. "There were many situations that I turned
down, that paid well, much to my manager's frustration … out of
respect for Oscar as a friend as well as an artist."
…It was bassist John Clayton, the festival's artistic director, who
persuaded Green, whom he has known for 16 years, to finally pay tribute
to Peterson's artistic legacy.