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American music producer, artist manager, writer, and educator George Avakian has profoundly impacted the history of American music, especially jazz. He practically invented the 78rpm jazz album, and as a senior producer at Columbia, RCA, and other companies, he collaborated with and championed such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Cage, Alan Hovhaness, Keith Jarrett, and Sonny Rollins. In celebration of Avakian’s outstanding contributions to jazz and the recent acquisition of Avakian archive, The Library for the Performing Arts presents an evening of conversation and music. Avakian shares his memories with rising star drummer and band leader Sammy Miller. Miller will also perform with his band, The Congregation, tunes of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington, all artists championed by Avakian.
(If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts’ Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)