Interview: George Avakian (Part 2) - JazzWax

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March 16, 2010


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Ed Leimbacher

Avakian and Myers hit back-to-back fourbaggers, the Kid from Armenia sauntering jauntily and waving to the crowd, his fans and admirers filling the stands. (Slugger Marc jogs around the bases, head down, contemplating his next at bat.)


I have been told by the Ellington Society tht Ellington was in LA during 1948-1949 but due to the second ban on recording, there are no known recordings or very few. My deceased husband was an avid jazz fan and lived in LA at the time. I have original acetates that he recorded at the Empire Room, Hollywood, CA Feb 17, 1948 @ 10:55PM with Tyree Glenn and Hibbler. I also have a few others during that time as well as Dizzy Gillespie and Chas Parker playing together. These were just discovered and had be secured away in a protective storage area. I was told that I need to get them transfered to a current format and share them with the world (so to speak. Several retailers want to buy them, but I was told not to do that. I cannot get a studio to return my call. I heard my husband speak of Avakian many times. Are you interested and/or do you have any suggestion? The Lincoln Art Center would like me to donate them, but I am chosing I believe to sell. Sure could use some help.
Thank you,

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