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George Avakian Net Worth

George Avakian Net Worth is
$7 Million

George Avakian Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

George Avakian (Armenian: Գևորգ Ավագյան; Russian: Геворк Авакян; born March 15, 1919) is an American record producer and executive known particularly for his work with Columbia Records, and his production of albums by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other notable jazz musicians.Avakian was born in Armavir, Armenia, to Armenian parents. His younger brother was the photographer and filmmaker Aram Avakian (1926–1987). The elder Avakian attended Yale University, and became an avid collector and fan of jazz music. While still at Yale he was responsible for the first reissues Columbia put out around 1940, discovering some unissued Louis Armstrong masters from his Hot Five and Hot Seven period in the process. He later produced some of Armstrong's most important albums of the traditional jazz revival era, including Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy. His annotations were noted for the education they provided to their listeners. To expand on this concept, in 1946, Avakian started a course in jazz history at Columbia University.His long tenure at Columbia Records culminated in his becoming responsible for the Popular Music and International divisions. During that time, Avakian introduced the LP record format created by Columbia engineers and produced the industry's first 100 long-playing discs of popular music and jazz. He also produced the first live LP—Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.While at Columbia, Avakian signed and produced Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Rita Reys, and Erroll Garner to the label, among others. In 1959 he was hired as one of the founding A&R managers for the newly established Warner Bros. Records and also worked as a producer for RCA Victor. In 1960-61 he produced recordings by Bill Haley & His Comets for Warner Bros. Records. Additionally, he signed Bob Newhart, producing the first comedy album to win a Best Album Grammy Award. In 1962 he was responsible for organizing Benny Goodman's successful tour of the USSR.From about 1970 to 1974, he was the manager of Keith Jarrett; before this, he managed the Charles Lloyd Quartet of which Jarrett was a member. After this, he largely retired from the record business and bred racehorses. Avakian bred champion pacer Presidential Ball.He is a founding officer of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (presenters of the Grammy Awards). His awards over the past years include:2011 – Added to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame as a Living Legend Giant of Jazz2010 – National Endowments for the Arts AB Spellman Jazz Advocacy Award. The nations highest honor in Jazz for his work as a Producer, Manager, Critic, Jazz Historian and Educator. 2009 – The Trustees Lifetime Achievement Award (Grammy) from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences for contributions to the music industry worldwide. 2008 – France awarded the rank of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to the arts 2006 – Europe’s prestigious jazz award, the Django d’Or 2000 – A Lifetime Achievement award from Down Beat Magazine 1990 – The former Soviet Union’s highest decoration, the Order of Lenin 1984 – Knighthood from the Knights of MaltaAvakian is married to violinist Anahid Ajemian, and the two, together with Ajemian's pianist sister Maro Ajemian, were crucial in helping classical composer Alan Hovhaness achieve his international breakthrough in the 1950s, through concert performances and through Avakian securing numerous LP recordings. The Avakians have three children: Maro, Anahid and Gregory.
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Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1919
Place Of BirthArmarvir, Russia
ProfessionMusic Department, Miscellaneous Crew
EducationYale University
NationalityAmerican
SpouseAnahid Ajemian
ChildrenAnahid Avakian, Gregory Avakian, Maro Avakian
SiblingsAram Avakian
AwardsGrammy Trustees Award, Grammy Award for Best Album Notes
MoviesEnd of the Road
Star SignPisces
#Fact
1Manager of Keith Jarrett in the early seventies.
2During his years at Columbia Records, George Avakian signed Miles Davis to Columbia Records in Early 1955.

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Four Friends1981music executive
Cops and Robbers1973music supervisor
End of the Road1970music supervisor
Jazz on a Summer's Day1959Documentary musical director

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory1997photos

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory1997extra special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Play That, Teo2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read2012Documentary
An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road2012Video documentary shortHimself
Bert Stern: Original Madman2011DocumentaryHimself
Reputations2001TV Series documentaryHimself, record producer
The Miles Davis Story2001TV Movie documentary
Culture Shock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory1997Himself
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Britain's Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (2002)

Known for movies


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