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Georges Arvanitas (born in Marseille on June 13, 1931; died September 25, 2005) was a jazz pianist and organist.

Life and career

He began life as a child of Greek immigrants from Constantinople. At the age of four he began studying piano and initially trained as a classical. However he switched to jazz some time in his teens and would be known for jazz in adulthood.[1] His influences included Bud Powell and Bill Evans. In the late '50s, he recorded on albums by Art Farmer and Louis Hayes, and played with Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin.[2] He also worked with Yusef Lateef.[3]

Discography

« Georges Arvanitas trio in concert » - Futura Ger 11 (1969)
« Space ballad » (1970)
« Les classiques du jazz » (1970)
« Ambiance Musique Luis Conti » (1971)
« Brigitte Fontaine » (1972)
« Douce ambiance » (1972)
« Porgy and Bess » (1973)
« Live again » - Futura Ger 38-39 (1973)
« Anniversary » (1976)
« I like it cool » (1976)
« Feeling jazzy » (1977)
« Swing again » (1978)
« The hound of music" (1978)
« Round about midnight » (1985)
« Qu'est-ce qu'on joue ? » (1986)
« Quartet » (1987)
« Orgue Hammond » (1988)
« Bird of paradise » (1988)
« One night for 3 pianos » (1989)
A alors (1990)
Georges Arvanitas plays George Gershwin (1993)
Georges Arvanitas plays… Duke Ellington (1993)
Live (1993)
Rencontre (1997) - with Ira Coleman and Joe Chambers
My favorite piano songs (1997)
Little Florence (2000)

References

^ Daily Telegraph
^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby and Priestley, Brian Rough Guide to Jazz Rough Guides, 2004 ISBN 1843532565, 9781843532569 at Google Books
^ The gentle giant: the autobiography of Yusef Lateef by Yusef Lateef and Herb Boyd, pg 99


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