• Russian-born industry titan helped popularise albums and liner notes
  • Jazz career began in 1930s, working with Louis Armstrong

George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died. He was 98.

Avakian’s daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died on Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediate available.

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