Georges Arvanitas

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Georges Arvanitas
Born (1931-06-13)June 13, 1931
Marseille, France
Died September 25, 2005(2005-09-25) (aged 74)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist, organist
Instruments Piano, organ

Georges Arvanitas (June 13, 1931 – September 25, 2005) was a French jazz pianist and organist.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Marseille, a child of Arvanite Greek immigrants from Constantinople. At the age of four he began studying piano and initially trained as a classical pianist, switching to jazz some time in his teens.[2] His influences included Bud Powell and Bill Evans. In the late 1950s, he featured on albums by Art Farmer and Louis Hayes, and played with Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin.[3] He also worked with Yusef Lateef.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Georges Arvanitas trio - Cocktail For Three - Pretoria (1959)
  • 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 Nnight for 3 Ppianos (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)

With Ted Curson

With Yusef Lateef

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 21. ISBN 0-141-00646-3. 
  2. ^ "George Arvanitas" (obituary), Daily Telegraph, October 6, 2005.
  3. ^ Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather and Brian Priestley, Rough Guide to Jazz, Rough Guides, 2004, ISBN 1-84353-256-5, ISBN 978-1-84353-256-9.
  4. ^ Yusef Lateef and Herb Boyd, The Gentle Giant: The autobiography of Yusef Lateef, Morton Books, 2006, p. 99.

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