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George Garanian (Russian: Гео́ргий Ара́мович Гараня́н, 15 August 1934 – 11 January 2010) was an ethnic Armenian Russian jazz saxophone player, bandleader and composer. He was the People's Artist of Russia in 1993.

Born in Moscow, Garanian was one of the first Russian musicians who attracted attention of Western world as part of the jazz from the USSR. He belonged to the first generation of Russian jazzmen who started to perform after World War II. As a musician (alto saxophone), conductor and composer he was the leader of country's best big bands: Melodia (1970s-1980s) and Moscow Big Band (1992–1995). He led the Municipal Big Band in the Southern Russian city of Krasnodar.

He died from cardiac arrest in Krasnodar on 11 January 2010 at the age of 75.[1]


  1. ^ Legendary jazzman George Garanian dies at 75 Aysor. Retrieved on 12 January 2010.

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