Quincy Jones

Musician, conductor, producer, arranger, composer, film composer Quincy Jones

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter. His career spans five decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.
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Quincy Jones apologizes for the 'silly things' he said in recent interviews
ABC News - 1 day
The famed music producer dropped bombshells about The Beatles, Brando and more.
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Quincy Jones sorry for his lack of filter in two viral interviews
CNN - 1 day
Quincy Jones might be an 85-year-old musical legend with nothing to prove, but that doesn't mean he isn't still learning from his mistakes.
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Quincy Jones Says He Dated Ivanka Trump In Off-The-Rails Interview
Huffington Post - 17 days
The 84-year-old also trashed Donald Trump and said the Beatles were terrible musicians.
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Quincy Jones Redefines Shade With Comments On Taylor Swift's Music
Huffington Post - 25 days
"We need more songs, man. F***ing songs, not hooks."
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Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital
NYTimes - 3 months
The jazz impresario’s latest project will offer high-definition streaming of jazz concerts and documentaries.
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Quincy Jones Wins Suit Against Michael Jackson’s Estate
NYTimes - 7 months
A jury awarded the producer $9.4 million, finding he was owed royalties for the use of music in the film “This Is It” and two Cirque du Soleil shows.
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Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyonce Still Hasn't Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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You Could Have Bought A Ticket To Donald Trump's New Year's Eve Party
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Tickets were on sale for a lavish New Year’s Eve party that President-elect Donald Trump and his family are hosting at the Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend, which once again raises those thorny ethics question that have dogged Trump’s presidential transition. Mar-a-Lago sold the tickets, according to Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel. Since Trump himself owns the Palm Beach, Florida, resort, those sales profit him personally.  Simply buying a ticket could be seen as an effort to curry favor with the president-elect. Those seeking an in-person audience with him also had an incentive to buy since Trump will be there. So it’s probably no surprise that the tickets sold out. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave reporters the news on a Friday press call. He also noted that more than 800 guests are expected, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones. Trump has hosted similar star-studded New Year’s Eve parties at Mar-a-Lago many times in the ...
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The Top Songs of 2016: A Mixtape for a Crazy Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some years are groovier than others. This year, music provided a steadying backbeat against the craziness of the political climate. We recoiled from depressing TV news segments and reached for the beats to keep us sane. Who knows if we will emerge from the funk in 2017? If not, we hope music continues to be our guide rope through this alternate reality. We love the artists and songs that delivered bold statements, notable comebacks and other creative noises to make 2016 bearable. Here's how the year went down: Technology majorly influenced how we discovered music. Streaming platforms put countless new releases at our fingertips, but these services also proved to be cluttered landscapes wherein quality albums by megastars like Sting or Paul Simon went largely unnoticed in the mainstream (even if Simon's whole record, especially "Proof of Love," was sublime). We were gifted with Leonard Cohen's final work (which proved interestingly dark, as its title promised) just two weeks before h...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nom...
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Hollywood, It's Time To Stand Up
Huffington Post - over 1 year
One morning, over breakfast, my father said to me "If a man can't go his own way, he's nothing. The moment you give up what you stand for for fame or money, that's the moment you lose your soul." Yeah, it's heavy talk for a kid over Rice Crispies, but, my Dad was a pretty deep guy. And, he was a man who stood up, and spoke the truth. Sometimes, it made me cringe with nervousness. But, in the end, it was what made me most proud. And that was how that morning's particular chat started. I asked why more people like him didn't stand up and speak up. He told me the truth. Hollywood is full of pussies. It always has been. There have always been those that bowed out from doing the right thing, and hid behind whatever cloak they think made their cowardice palatable. And then, there were those few. The mavericks. The do-what-is-righters, no matter what the cost is on the other end of maintaining their integrity. The ones that stood up to be counted on the right side of history. Th...
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One Of The Other Most Important Dr. Dre Facts Missing From Straight Outta Compton
Huffington Post - over 1 year
After witnessing Dr. Dre working in the studio for many years I would have to say that one of most important facts missing from the NWA movie is not just aspects of Dre's personal and political life and vision, but a clear description of the high level of sonic mastery and expertise that he has exhibited and presented to the world for the past 30 years. When Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin presented Def Jam's hip hop productions to the world with classics by Run-DMC, LL Kool J and Beastie Boys, they brought not only productions that had dynamic and socially relevant songs to the world, but also a level of sonic excellence that was achieved by bringing top musicians and mixing engineers into the studio to engineer and fine tune those sound recordings. The difference between Dr. Dre and most producers is that when most producers get to a level where they feel they have the songs strong enough, they then bring in top level Grammy award winning mixing engineers like Manny Maroquin, Se...
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America's Oldest Park Ranger Enjoys Special Treat For 95th Birthday
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Happy birthday, Betty Reid Soskin! The nation’s oldest active park ranger celebrated her 95th birthday Thursday with a special day that was quite a whirlwind. Soskin, who works at the Rosie The Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in California, is currently on a 10-day trip to the nation’s capital. She’s been invited to attend the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday. Soskin, who lived through the Civil Rights era, already enjoyed a preview tour of the museum, which she says brought back memories of her childhood.  Soskin said she’ll be a little starstruck at Saturday’s opening event.  “This ‘lil ole lady ranger will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Willie Brown, General Colin Powell, etc., and we may all be wondering just how on earth she ever got on the A-List!!” Soskin wrote on her blog.  The spunky nonagenarian, who only became a park ranger ...
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A Letter To Tupac Shakur, 20 Years Later
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Dear Tupac: There is a lot I want to say to you, so much so that I do not know where to begin. There is rarely a day or week that I do not think about your life, and your death, since that fateful day on Friday, September 13, 1996. I have tried, at times, and with great failure, to block you out of my head, to ignore the people who've asked me mad questions about you, about the circumstances of your death. I've been utterly frustrated, even, when it felt, during these past twenty years, like my life, in some ways, and for whatever reasons, is at least partially linked to yours. Maybe I should simply start at the beginning. When I first heard of you, it was when your debut album, "2Pacalypse Now," had just been released. We were still in what we now call the Golden Era of hip-hop, when an incredible and diverse range of rap music was being produced, it felt, every single month, from one new artist or another. At the time, groups like N.W.A an...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Quincy Jones
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In September 2015, Jones was a guest on Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy on Beats 1 Radio.
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  • 2014
    In July 2014, Jones was starring in a documentary film, The Distortion of Sound.
    In February 2014, Jones appeared in "Keep on Keepin' On," a documentary about his friend Clark Terry.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Following Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, Jones said: I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news.
    On January 6, 2009, Quincy Jones appeared on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly to discuss various aspects of his prolific career.
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    Jones says that MJJ Productions, a song company managed by the singer's estate and Sony Music Entertainment, improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees; further, they broke an agreement giving him the right to remix master recordings for albums released after Jackson's death in 2009.
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  • 2008
    On February 10, 2008, Jones joined Usher in presenting the Grammy Award for Album of the Year to Herbie Hancock.
  • 2007
    Jones supports a number of other charities including the NAACP, GLAAD, Peace Games, AmfAR and The Maybach Foundation. Jones serves on the Advisory Board of HealthCorps. On July 26, 2007, he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.
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    But, in 2007, when Jones was asked by NME, he said: "Man, please!
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  • 2002
    In a 2002 interview, when asked if he would work with Jones again, Jackson suggested he might.
  • 2001
    Audio interviews with Jones are featured on the 2001 special editions of Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.
    In 2001, Jones published his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    In 1994 he was criticised by rapper 2Pac for having relationships with white women, prompting Jones's daughter Rashida to pen a scathing open letter in response published in The Source.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, Jones collaborated with David Salzman to produce the concert extravaganza, An American Reunion, a celebration of Bill Clinton's inauguration as president of the United States.
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  • 1991
    His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, and 28 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    In 1988, Quincy Jones Productions joined forces with Warner Communications to create Quincy Jones Entertainment.
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  • 1985
    After the 1985 American Music Awards ceremony, Jones used his influence to draw most of the major American recording artists of the day into a studio to record the song "We Are the World" to raise money for the victims of Ethiopia's famine.
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    In 1985, Jones wrote the score for the Steven Spielberg film adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winning epistolary novel, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker.
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  • 1981
    Jones's 1981 album, The Dude, yielded multiple hit singles, including "Ai No Corrida" (a remake of a song by Chaz Jankel), "Just Once," and "One Hundred Ways", the latter two featuring James Ingram on lead vocals and marking Ingram's first hits.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    In 1978, he produced the soundtrack for The Wiz, the musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
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  • 1975
    In 1975, Jones founded Qwest Productions, for which he arranged and produced hugely successful albums by Frank Sinatra and other major pop figures.
  • 1971
    In 1971, Jones was the first African American to be named as the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony.
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  • 1966
    He continued to produce for Gore until 1966, including the Greenwich/ Barry hit "Look of Love" (US No. 27) in 1965.
  • 1964
    In 1964, Jones was promoted to vice-president of Mercury Records, becoming the first African American to hold this executive position.
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  • 1963
    Jones produced all four million-selling singles for Lesley Gore during the early and mid-sixties, including "It's My Party" (UK No. 8; US No. 1), "Judy's Turn to Cry" (US No. 5), "She's a Fool" (also a US No. 5) in 1963, and "You Don't Own Me" (US No. 2 for four weeks in 1964).
  • 1962
    He is known for his 1962 tune "Soul Bossa Nova", which originated on the Big Band Bossa Nova album. "Soul Bossa Nova" was a theme used for the 1998 World Cup, the Canadian game show Definition, the Woody Allen film Take the Money and Run, and the Austin Powers film series.
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  • 1956
    In 1956, Jones toured again as a trumpeter and musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie Band on a tour of the Middle East and South America sponsored by the United States Information Agency.
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  • 1951
    In 1951, Jones won a scholarship to Seattle University, where a young Clint Eastwood also a music major there watched him play in the college band.
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  • 1943
    In 1943, when Jones was ten, his family moved to Bremerton, Washington, where his father got a wartime job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
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  • 1933
    Quincy Jones was born in 1933, on the South Side of Chicago, to Sarah Frances (née Wells) (1903-1999) and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr (1895-1971).
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