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David Ostwald Remembers George Avakian

The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band-leader and tuba player pays tribute to his dear friend, the legendary jazz producer (3.15.19-11.22.17)

George Avakian accepts his NEA Jazz Master award in New York in 2010; poet A. B. Spellman can be seen at back (photo by Alan Nahigian)
George Avakian accepts his NEA Jazz Master award in New York in 2010; poet A. B. Spellman can be seen at back (photo by Alan Nahigian)

Had George done no more than produce the recordings and reissues that taught us musicians the language we now speak, It Would Have Sufficed. Had George done no more than write incisive and comprehensive liner notes that gave us the context to better understand that language, It Would Have Sufficed. Had George done no more than bring to the world dozens of million-selling records, including:

Louis Armstrong: “Mack the Knife”
Dave Brubeck Quartet: “Take Five”
Miles Davis: Miles Ahead
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Duke Ellington: Ellington at Newport
Frankie Yankovic: “Blue Skirt Waltz”
The Everly Brothers: “Cathy’s Clown”
Arthur Godfrey’s TV Calendar Show
Michel Legrand: I Love Paris
Édith Piaf: “La Vie en Rose”

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