Peter Nero, Pianist Who Straddled Genres, Is Dead at 89
He soared to popularity with a swinging hybrid of classics and jazz. He later conducted the Philly Pops, often with one hand while the other played piano.
Peter Nero, the concert pianist who soared to popularity in the 1960s with a swinging hybrid of classics and jazz and kept the beat for nearly six decades with albums, club and television dates, and segues into conducting pops orchestras, died on Thursday in Eustis, Fla. He was 89.
His daughter, Beverly Nero, said he died at the At Home Care Assisted Living Facility, where he had lived in recent months.