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Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Jones in 2014
Birthday/Birthplace Quincy Delightt Jones Jr.
(1933-03-14) March 14, 1933
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Q
School(s) Garfield High School, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
College(s) Berklee College of Music
  • Jeri Caldwell (m. 1957–66)
  • Ulla Andersson (m. 1967–74)
  • Peggy Lipton (m. 1974–90)
Kid(s) 7, incl. Quincy III, Kidada, and Rashida Jones
Musical career
  • Rhythm and blues
  • funk
  • soul
  • big band
  • swing
  • bossa nova
  • jazz
  • hip hop
  • rock and roll
  • pop
  • Producer
  • musician
  • conductor
  • arranger
  • composer
  • executive
  • Trumpet
  • french horn
  • drums
  • vocals
  • piano
  • synthesizer
Active Years 1951–present
Record Labels
  • Warner Bros.
  • Columbia
  • Mercury
  • Qwest
  • Epic
  • ABC
  • Interscope
Worked with


Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. , known as Quincy Jones (Chicago, March 14, 1933), composer, director, arranger and legendary American music producer.

His area of ​​musical interest covers R & B and jazz (swing and bop), with a frequent tendency to merge. He is also an occasional interpreter of trumpet and piano, and singer. His extensive career includes recordings with Frank Sinatra and he has also composed soundtracks for films, being the first African-American composer to do so. But he is best remembered as the producer of Michael Jackson’s most successful albums: Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. He was also the producer of the song “We Are the World”.

He has received the Grammy Legend Award, Kennedy Award, the National Medal of Arts and the Legion of Honor, among other distinctions.

Quincy_Jones’s Biography

Born in Chicago, his paternal grandmother was a former slave of Louisville and his paternal grandfather, Caesar Jones, was the son of a Welsh immigrant. He was the oldest son of Sarah Frances (suffered from schizophrenia) and baseball player Quincy Delight Jones. His family moved to Seattle when he was 14 years old. In the city he played the trumpet in soul clubs. He played at the Lionel Hampton’s big band and in the band of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1950 he traveled to New York where he dedicated himself to writing, arranging and recording bands that played in the jazz clubs of the city. There he met and got acquainted with Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa, Miles Davis and his close friend Ray Charles, whom he had met in Seattle as a teenager. In 1956 he toured the Middle East and South America as trumpeter for Dizzy Gillespie.

In the mid-1950s, he moved to Paris, studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen, established a relationship with Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Pablo Picasso and worked as musical director of Barclay Records and also as a composer and composer. arranger.

In 1961 he returned to New York, where he became vice president of Mercury Records, being one of the first African-Americans with that position in the record industry. In the company he produced artists such as Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughan. In 1963, he received the first Grammy for the arrangements of I Can not Stop Loving You, recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra.

In 1964, he recorded the soundtrack for El Lender, directed by Sidney Lumet. Other films in which he composed the music were In Cold Blood (1967), based on the book by Truman Capote and directed by Richard Brooks, The Flight (1972 film) with Steve McQueen and directed by the famous Sam Peckinpah, The Color Purple (1985), based on the book by Alice Walker and directed by Steven Spielberg, A Man for Ivy (1969), by director Daniel Mann. For television he composed for series like Ironside, and The Bill Cosby Show.

As a director of big bands, which he maintains for studio recordings, although rarely for live performances, he started his career with two albums of great impact in the jazz world: How I feel about jazz and Birth of a band (1959 Later, he signed for A & M Records where he recorded, in 1961, Quintessence. Influenced by jazz fusion concepts, he edited Walking In Space (1969) and Smackwater Jack (1971), which includes among other topics the soundtrack of the telefilm, Ironside. In total he composed the music for 33 films and received 79 Grammy Award nominations.

As a producer, he is most famous for co-producing Michael Jackson’s three most famous albums: Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. He directed the Frank Sinatra orchestra and produced Sinatra’s latest album with original themes, not compilation (L.A. is my Lady) as well as the return to the tables of the legendary Lena Horne in 1980.

In the year 2001 he published his autobiography Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.

Quincy Jones Net Worth – $400 Million

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