August 17, 2017 8:34 am

Montreal to honour Daisy Sweeney, late piano teacher who taught greats Jones, Peterson

WATCH: Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre indicated he is planning to name a street in honour of Daisy Sweeney who passed away last week. The piano teacher — a great musician in her own right — taught the likes of Jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones. Global’s Billy Shields reports.

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Mayor Denis Coderre says the city will honour Daisy Sweeney, a Montreal piano teacher who was credited with being the first mentor for such greats as Oliver Jones and her own brother, the late Oscar Peterson.

Sweeney died last Friday in Montreal. She was 97.

WATCH: Daisy Sweeney, a pillar of Montreal’s black community, has passed away at the age of 97. 

Born Daisy Elitha Peterson in 1920 in Montreal’s Saint-Henri district, she taught numerous Montrealers piano throughout the years in addition to those musical icons.

A public service is planned for Saturday at Union United Church in Montreal.

READ MORE: Jazz musician Oliver Jones quietly gives back to community

Coderre tweeted late Wednesday that he’d spoken to Jones about Sweeney’s passing.

He says he hopes to rename a street in her name soon.

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