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Peter Appleyard

1928 - 1992

Origin: United Kingdom / Canada

Main instrument: Xylophone/vibraphone

Genres: Jazz, Swing

England native Peter Appleyard started his career as a drummer for dance bands. In 1951, after  two years in Bermuda, he moved to Toronto where he took up the vibraphone. Throughout the decade, he played with his own band in local jazz clubs and hotels, and appeared on several CBC radio and television programs. Concurrently, he played with American pianist Calvin Jackson. During the 1970s, the vibesman toured with Benny Goodman's sextet. Over the years, he recorded several swing and light jazz albums. A sought-after player, Appleyard has shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Mel Tormé, Bucky Pizzarelli and Diana Krall. Sophisticated Ladies came out in 2012. The renowned musician passed away the following year.



  • 2012 Oscar Peterson Award – Peter Appleyard
  • Peter Appleyard - 2012 Concert

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