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Peterson

[ pee-ter-suhn ]
/ ˈpi tər sən /
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noun

Oscar Emmanuel, 1925–2007, Canadian jazz pianist.
Roger Tory, 1908–1996, U.S. ornithologist, author, and artist.

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Peterson
/ (ˈpiːtəsən) /

noun

Oscar (Emmanuel). 1925–2007, Canadian jazz pianist and singer, who led his own trio from the early 1950s
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