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George Avakian (I) (1919–2017)

George Avakian was born on March 15, 1919 in Armarvir, Russia as George Mesrop Avakian. He is known for his work on Four Friends (1981), End of the Road (1970) and Cops and Robbers (1973). He was married to Anahid Ajemian. He died on November 22, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Four Friends
Four Friends Music Department
End of the Road
End of the Road Music Department
Cops and Robbers
Cops and Robbers Music Department
Jazz on a Summer's Day
Jazz on a Summer's Day Music Department


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 1981 Four Friends (music executive)
 1973 Cops and Robbers (music supervisor)
 1970 End of the Road (music supervisor)
 1959 Jazz on a Summer's Day (Documentary) (musical director)
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 1997 Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory (extra special thanks)
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 2018 Play That, Teo (Documentary) (post-production)
 2012 An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road (Video documentary short)
 2011 Bert Stern: Original Madman (Documentary)
 2001 Reputations (TV Series documentary)
Himself, record producer
- Billie Holiday: Sensational Lady (2001) ... Himself, record producer
 2001 The Miles Davis Story (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 Culture Shock (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- The Devil's Music: 1920s Jazz (2000) ... Himself
 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
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 2014 Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (2002)

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Other Works:

Wrote an article about Louis Armstrong for Newsweeks "Voices of the Century" issue, June 28, 1999, entitled "The Jazz Age's Greatest Horn."

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His parents were cloth traders who had fled western Persia at the start of WWI. Growing up in New York, he began listening to jazz in high school, partly because it resembled Armenian music. See more »

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