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For other people named Quincy Jones, see Quincy Jones (disambiguation). Quincy Jones_sentence_0

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BornQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_1_0 Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
(1933-03-14) March 14, 1933 (age 87)

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Quincy Jones_cell_0_1_1

OccupationQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_2_0 Quincy Jones_cell_0_2_1
Years activeQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_3_0 1952–presentQuincy Jones_cell_0_3_1
Spouse(s)Quincy Jones_header_cell_0_4_0 Jeri Caldwell

​ ​(m. 1957; div. 1966)​

Ulla Andersson

​ ​(m. 1967; div. 1974)​

Peggy Lipton

​ ​(m. 1974; div. 1989)​Quincy Jones_cell_0_4_1

Partner(s)Quincy Jones_header_cell_0_5_0 Nastassja Kinski (1992–1995)Quincy Jones_cell_0_5_1
ChildrenQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_6_0 7 (including Quincy, Kidada, Rashida, and Kenya)Quincy Jones_cell_0_6_1
RelativesQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_7_0 Richard A. Jones (half-brother)Quincy Jones_cell_0_7_1
AwardsQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_8_0 List of awards and nominationsQuincy Jones_cell_0_8_1
GenresQuincy Jones_header_cell_0_9_0 Quincy Jones_cell_0_9_1
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Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger, and film and television producer. Quincy Jones_sentence_1

His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992. Quincy Jones_sentence_2

Jones came to prominence in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor, before moving on to work in pop music and film scores. Quincy Jones_sentence_3

In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "The Eyes of Love" from the film Banning. Quincy Jones_sentence_4

Jones was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the 1967 film In Cold Blood, making him the first African-American to be nominated twice in the same year. Quincy Jones_sentence_5

In 1971, he became the first African-American to be the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. Quincy Jones_sentence_6

In 1995, he was the first African-American to receive the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Quincy Jones_sentence_7

He has tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the second most Oscar-nominated African-American, with seven nominations each. Quincy Jones_sentence_8

Jones was the producer, with Michael Jackson, of Jackson's albums Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), and Bad (1987), as well as the producer and conductor of the 1985 charity song "We Are the World", which raised funds for victims of famine in Ethiopia. Quincy Jones_sentence_9

In 2013, Jones was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the winner, alongside Lou Adler, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Quincy Jones_sentence_10

He was named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time. Quincy Jones_sentence_11

Early life Quincy Jones_section_0

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. was born on the South Side of Chicago on March 14, 1933, the son of Sarah Frances (née Wells), a bank officer and apartment complex manager, and Quincy Delight Jones Sr., a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter from Kentucky. Quincy Jones_sentence_12

Jones' paternal grandmother was an ex-slave in Louisville, and Jones would later discover that his paternal grandfather was Welsh. Quincy Jones_sentence_13

With the help of the author Alex Haley in 1972 and Mormon researchers in Salt Lake City, Jones discovered that his mother's ancestors included James Lanier, a relative of poet Sidney Lanier. Quincy Jones_sentence_14

Jones said, "He had a baby with my great-grandmother [a slave], and my grandmother was born there [on a plantation in Kentucky]. Quincy Jones_sentence_15

We traced this all the way back to the Laniers, the same family as Tennessee Williams." Quincy Jones_sentence_16

Learning that the Lanier immigrant ancestors were French Huguenots who had court musicians among their ancestors, Jones attributed some of his musicianship to them. Quincy Jones_sentence_17

For the 2006 PBS television program African American Lives, Jones had his DNA tested, and genealogists researched his family history again. Quincy Jones_sentence_18

His DNA revealed he is mostly African but is also 34% European in ancestry, on both sides of his family. Quincy Jones_sentence_19

Research showed that he has English, French, Italian, and Welsh ancestry through his father. Quincy Jones_sentence_20

His mother's side is of West and Central African descent, specifically the Tikar people of Cameroon. Quincy Jones_sentence_21

His mother also had European ancestry, such as Lanier male ancestors who fought for the Confederacy, making him eligible for membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Quincy Jones_sentence_22

Among his ancestors is Betty Washington Lewis, a sister of president George Washington. Quincy Jones_sentence_23

Jones' family moved to Chicago as part of the Great Migration. Quincy Jones_sentence_24

Jones had a younger brother, Lloyd, who was an engineer for the Seattle television station KOMO-TV until his death in 1998. Quincy Jones_sentence_25

Jones was introduced to music by his mother, who always sang religious songs, and by his next-door neighbor, Lucy Jackson. Quincy Jones_sentence_26

When Jones was five or six, Jackson played stride piano next door, and he would listen through the walls. Quincy Jones_sentence_27

Lucy recalled that after he heard her one day, she could not get him off her piano. Quincy Jones_sentence_28

When Jones was young, his mother suffered from a schizophrenic breakdown and was admitted to a mental institution. Quincy Jones_sentence_29

His father divorced his mother and married Elvera Jones, who already had three children of her own named Waymond, Theresa, and Katherine. Quincy Jones_sentence_30

Elvera and Quincy Sr. later had three children together: Jeanette, Margie, and future U.S. District Judge Richard. Quincy Jones_sentence_31

In 1943 Jones and his family moved to Bremerton, Washington, where his father got a wartime job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Quincy Jones_sentence_32

After the war, the family moved to Seattle, where Jones attended Garfield High School. Quincy Jones_sentence_33

In high school, he developed his skills as a trumpeter and arranger. Quincy Jones_sentence_34

His classmates included Charles Taylor, who played saxophone and whose mother, Evelyn Bundy, was one of Seattle's first society jazz band leaders. Quincy Jones_sentence_35

Jones and Taylor began playing music together, and at the age of 14 they played with a National Reserve band. Quincy Jones_sentence_36

Jones has said he got much more experience with music growing up in a smaller city because he otherwise would have faced too much competition. Quincy Jones_sentence_37

At age 14, Jones introduced himself to 16-year-old Ray Charles after watching him play at the Black Elks Club. Quincy Jones_sentence_38

Jones cites Charles as an early inspiration for his own music career, noting that Charles overcame a disability (blindness) to achieve his musical goals. Quincy Jones_sentence_39

He has credited his father's sturdy work ethic with giving him the means to proceed and his loving strength with holding the family together. Quincy Jones_sentence_40

Jones has said his father had a rhyming motto: "Once a task is just begun, never leave until it's done. Quincy Jones_sentence_41

Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all." Quincy Jones_sentence_42

In 1951, Jones earned a scholarship to Seattle University, where a young Clint Eastwood—also a music major—watched him play in the college band. Quincy Jones_sentence_43

After one semester, Jones transferred to what is now the Berklee College of Music in Boston on another scholarship. Quincy Jones_sentence_44

While studying at Berklee, he played at Izzy Ort's Bar & Grille with Bunny Campbell and Preston Sandiford, whom he cited as important musical influences. Quincy Jones_sentence_45

He left his studies after receiving an offer to tour as a trumpeter, arranger, and pianist with the bandleader Lionel Hampton and embarked on his professional career. Quincy Jones_sentence_46

On the road with Hampton, he displayed a gift for arranging songs. Quincy Jones_sentence_47

He moved to New York City, where he received freelance commissions writing arrangements for Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, and Ray Charles, who was by then a close friend. Quincy Jones_sentence_48

Music career Quincy Jones_section_1

In 1953, at the age of 20, Jones traveled with jazz bandleader Lionel Hampton for a European tour of the Hampton orchestra. Quincy Jones_sentence_49

He said the tour altered his view of racism in the United States: Quincy Jones_sentence_50

In early 1956, Jones accepted a temporary job at the CBS Stage Show hosted by Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey that was broadcast live from the Studio 50 in New York City. Quincy Jones_sentence_51

On January 28, February 4, 11 and 18, as well as on March 17 and 24, Jones played second trumpet in the studio band that supported 21-year-old Elvis Presley in his first six television appearances. Quincy Jones_sentence_52

Presley sang "Heartbreak Hotel", which became his first No. Quincy Jones_sentence_53

1 record and the Billboard magazine Pop Record of the year. Quincy Jones_sentence_54

Soon after, as trumpeter and musical director for Dizzy Gillespie, Jones went on tour of the Middle East and South America sponsored by the United States Information Agency. Quincy Jones_sentence_55

After returning, he signed a contract with ABC-Paramount and started his recording career as the leader of his band. Quincy Jones_sentence_56

In 1957 he settled in Paris, where he studied composition and theory with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen and performed at the Paris Olympia. Quincy Jones_sentence_57

He became music director at Barclay, a French record company and the licensee for Mercury in France. Quincy Jones_sentence_58

During the 1950s Jones toured Europe with a number of jazz orchestras. Quincy Jones_sentence_59

As musical director of Harold Arlen's jazz musical Free and Easy, he took to the road again. Quincy Jones_sentence_60

A European tour closed in Paris in February 1960. Quincy Jones_sentence_61

With musicians from the Arlen show, he formed his big band "The Jones Boys" with eighteen musicians. Quincy Jones_sentence_62

The band included double bass player Eddie Jones and trumpeter Reunald Jones (none of the three were related). Quincy Jones_sentence_63

The band toured North America and Europe and the concerts met enthusiastic audiences and sparkling reviews, but the earnings failed to support a band of this size. Quincy Jones_sentence_64

Poor budget planning resulted in an economic disaster; the band dissolved, leaving Jones in a financial crisis. Quincy Jones_sentence_65

"We had the best jazz band on the planet, and yet we were literally starving. Quincy Jones_sentence_66

That's when I discovered that there was music, and there was the music business. Quincy Jones_sentence_67

If I were to survive, I would have to learn the difference between the two." Quincy Jones_sentence_68

Irving Green, head of Mercury, helped Jones with a personal loan and a job as musical director of the company's New York division. Quincy Jones_sentence_69

He worked with Doug Moody, founder of Mystic Records. Quincy Jones_sentence_70

Breakthrough and rise Quincy Jones_section_2

In 1961 Jones was promoted to vice-president of Mercury, becoming the first African American to hold the position. Quincy Jones_sentence_71

During the same year, at the invitation of director Sidney Lumet, he composed music for The Pawnbroker (1964). Quincy Jones_sentence_72

It was the first of his nearly 40 major motion picture scores. Quincy Jones_sentence_73

Following the success of The Pawnbroker, Jones left Mercury and moved to Los Angeles. Quincy Jones_sentence_74

After composing film scores for Mirage and The Slender Thread in 1965, he was in constant demand as a composer. Quincy Jones_sentence_75

His film credits over the next seven years included Walk, Don't Run, The Deadly Affair, In Cold Blood, In the Heat of the Night, Mackenna's Gold, The Italian Job, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Cactus Flower, The Out-Of-Towners, They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Quincy Jones_sentence_76 , The Anderson Tapes, $ (Dollars), and The Getaway. Quincy Jones_sentence_77

In addition, he composed "The Streetbeater", which became the theme music for the television sitcom Sanford and Son, starring his close friend Redd Foxx, and the themes for other TV shows, including Ironside, Rebop, Banacek, The Bill Cosby Show, the opening episode of Roots, Mad TV and the game show Now You See It. Quincy Jones_sentence_78

In the 1960s Jones worked as an arranger for Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn, Peggy Lee, Nana Mouskouri, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington. Quincy Jones_sentence_79

His solo recordings included Walking in Space, Gula Matari, Smackwater Jack, You've Got It Bad Girl, Body Heat, Mellow Madness, and I Heard That! Quincy Jones_sentence_80

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Jones's 1962 tune "Soul Bossa Nova", which originated on the Big Band Bossa Nova album, was used for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Quincy Jones_sentence_82

Jones produced all four million-selling singles for Lesley Gore during the early and mid-sixties, including "It's My Party" (UK No. Quincy Jones_sentence_83

8; US No. Quincy Jones_sentence_84

1), its sequel "Judy's Turn to Cry" (US No. Quincy Jones_sentence_85

5), "She's a Fool" (also a US No. Quincy Jones_sentence_86

5) in 1963, and "You Don't Own Me" (US No. Quincy Jones_sentence_87

2 for four weeks in 1964). Quincy Jones_sentence_88

He continued to produce for Gore until 1966, including the Greenwich/ Barry hits "Look of Love" (US No. Quincy Jones_sentence_89

27 in 1965) and "Maybe I Know" (UK No. Quincy Jones_sentence_90

20; US No. Quincy Jones_sentence_91

14 in 1964). Quincy Jones_sentence_92

In 1975 he founded Qwest Productions for which he arranged and produced successful albums by Frank Sinatra and others. Quincy Jones_sentence_93

In 1978 he produced the soundtrack for The Wiz, the musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz which starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Quincy Jones_sentence_94

In 1982, he produced Jackson's, Thriller, the bestselling album in the history of the music industry. Quincy Jones_sentence_95

His 1981 album The Dude yielded the hits "Ai No Corrida" (a remake of a song by Chaz Jankel), "Just Once", and "One Hundred Ways", both sung by James Ingram. Quincy Jones_sentence_96

Jones and Thomas Newman are the only composers besides John Williams to have written scores for a Spielberg theatrical film. Quincy Jones_sentence_97

Spielberg directed a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie that was scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Quincy Jones_sentence_98

Marking Jones's debut as a film producer, The Color Purple received 11 Oscar nominations that year. Quincy Jones_sentence_99

Additionally, through this picture, Jones is credited with introducing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey to film audiences around the world. Quincy Jones_sentence_100

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 famine in Ethiopia. Quincy Jones_sentence_101

When people marveled at his ability to make the collaboration work, Jones explained that he had taped a sign on the entrance reading, "Check Your Ego at the Door". Quincy Jones_sentence_102

He was also quoted as saying, "We don't want to make a hunger record in tuxedos", requiring all participants to wear casual clothing in the studio. Quincy Jones_sentence_103

In 1990 Quincy Jones Productions joined with Time Warner to create Quincy Jones Entertainment. Quincy Jones_sentence_104

The company signed a 10-picture deal with Warner Bros. and a two-series deal with NBC Productions (now Universal Television). Quincy Jones_sentence_105

The television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was completed in 1990, but producers of In the House (from UPN) rejected its early concept stages. Quincy Jones_sentence_106

Jones produced the successful The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (discovering Will Smith), UPN's In the House, First-Run Syndication's The Jenny Jones Show (in association with Telepictures Productions, 1994–1997 only) and FOX's Madtv – which ran for 14 seasons. Quincy Jones_sentence_107

In the early 1990s he started a huge, ongoing project called "The Evolution of Black Music". Quincy Jones_sentence_108

QJE started a weekly talk show with Jones's friend the Reverend Jesse Jackson as the host. Quincy Jones_sentence_109

Beginning in the late 1970s Jones tried to convince Miles Davis to revive the music he had recorded on several classic albums of the 1960s which had been arranged by Gil Evans. Quincy Jones_sentence_110

Davis had always refused, citing a desire to avoid revisiting the past. Quincy Jones_sentence_111

But in 1991 Davis relented. Quincy Jones_sentence_112

Despite having pneumonia, he agreed to perform the music at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Quincy Jones_sentence_113

The recording, Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux, was his last album; he died several months afterward. Quincy Jones_sentence_114

In 1993 Jones collaborated with David Salzman to produce the concert An American Reunion, a celebration of Bill Clinton's inauguration as president of the United States. Quincy Jones_sentence_115

During the same year, he and Salzman renamed his company Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment. Quincy Jones_sentence_116

In 2001 Jones published his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. Quincy Jones_sentence_117

On July 31, 2007, he partnered with Wizzard Media to start the Quincy Jones Video Podcast. Quincy Jones_sentence_118

In each episode, he shares his knowledge and experience in the music industry. Quincy Jones_sentence_119

The first episode features him in the studio producing "I Knew I Loved You" for Celine Dion. Quincy Jones_sentence_120

This is included on the Ennio Morricone tribute album, We All Love Ennio Morricone. Quincy Jones_sentence_121

Jones helped produce Anita Hall's 2009 album Send Love. Quincy Jones_sentence_122

In 2013 he produced Emily Bear's album Diversity. Quincy Jones_sentence_123

After that, he produced albums for Grace, Justin Kauflin, Alfredo Rodríguez, Andreas Varady, Nikki Yanofsky. Quincy Jones_sentence_124

He also became a mentor of Jacob Collier. Quincy Jones_sentence_125

In 2017 Jones and French producer Reza Ackbaraly started Qwest TV, the world's first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service for jazz and eclectic music from around the world. Quincy Jones_sentence_126

The platform features a handpicked selection of ad-free concerts, interviews, documentaries, and exclusive, original content, all in HD or 4K. Quincy Jones_sentence_127

In 2010, Jones, along with brand strategist Chris Vance, co-founded Playground Sessions, a NY City-based developer of subscription software that teaches people to play the piano using interactive videos. Quincy Jones_sentence_128

Pianists Harry Connick Jr. and David Sides are among the company's video instructors. Quincy Jones_sentence_129

Jones worked with Vance and Sides to develop the video lessons and incorporate techniques to modernize the instruction format. Quincy Jones_sentence_130

Work with Michael Jackson Quincy Jones_section_3

While working on the film The Wiz, Michael Jackson asked Jones to recommend some producers for his upcoming solo album. Quincy Jones_sentence_131

Jones offered some names but eventually offered to produce the record himself. Quincy Jones_sentence_132

Jackson accepted and the resulting record, Off the Wall, sold about 20 million copies. Quincy Jones_sentence_133

This made Jones the most powerful record producer in the industry at that time. Quincy Jones_sentence_134

Jones and Jackson's next collaboration, Thriller, sold 65 million copies and became the highest-selling album of all time. Quincy Jones_sentence_135

The rise of MTV and the advent of music videos as promotional tools also contributed to Thriller's sales. Quincy Jones_sentence_136

Jones worked on Jackson's album Bad, which has sold 45 million copies. Quincy Jones_sentence_137

Bad was the last time the two men worked together in the studio. Quincy Jones_sentence_138

Audio interviews with Jones are included in the 2001 special editions of Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Quincy Jones_sentence_139

In a 2002 interview, when asked if he would work with Jones again, Jackson suggested he might. Quincy Jones_sentence_140

But in 2007, when Jones was asked by NME, he said, "Man, please! Quincy Jones_sentence_141

We already did that. Quincy Jones_sentence_142

I have talked to him about working with him again but I've got too much to do. Quincy Jones_sentence_143

I've got 900 products, I'm 74 years old." Quincy Jones_sentence_144

Following Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, Jones said: Quincy Jones_sentence_145

In October 2013 the BBC and The Hollywood Reporter said Jones planned to sue Michael Jackson's estate for $10 million. Quincy Jones_sentence_146

Jones said that MJJ Productions, a song company managed by Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment, improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees and breached an agreement giving him the right to remix master recordings for albums released after Jackson's death. Quincy Jones_sentence_147

The songs Jones produced for Jackson were used in the film This Is It. Quincy Jones_sentence_148

Jones was reported to be filing the suits against Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil productions and the 25th-anniversary edition of the Bad album. Quincy Jones_sentence_149

He believed he should have received a producer credit in the film. Quincy Jones_sentence_150

Work with Frank Sinatra Quincy Jones_section_4

Quincy Jones first worked with Frank Sinatra in 1958 when invited by Princess Grace to arrange a benefit concert at the Monaco Sporting Club. Quincy Jones_sentence_151

Six years later, Sinatra hired him to arrange and conduct Sinatra's second album with Count Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing (1964). Quincy Jones_sentence_152

Jones conducted and arranged the singer's live album with the Basie Band, Sinatra at the Sands (1966). Quincy Jones_sentence_153

Jones was also the arranger/conductor when Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Johnny Carson performed with the Basie orchestra in June 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri, in a benefit for Dismas House. Quincy Jones_sentence_154

The fund-raiser was broadcast to movie theaters around the country and eventually released on VHS. Quincy Jones_sentence_155

Later that year, Jones was the arranger/conductor when Sinatra and Basie appeared on The Hollywood Palace TV show on October 16, 1965. Quincy Jones_sentence_156

Nineteen years later, Sinatra and Jones teamed up for 1984's L.A. Quincy Jones_sentence_157 Is My Lady. Quincy Jones_sentence_158

Jones said, Quincy Jones_sentence_159

Brazilian culture Quincy Jones_section_5

The Brazilian Simone, whom Jones cites as "one of the world's greatest singers"; Brazilian musicians Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento; and percussionist Paulinho da Costa, who Jones called "one of the best in the business", have become close friends and partners in his recent works. Quincy Jones_sentence_160

Media appearances Quincy Jones_section_6

Jones had a brief appearance in the 1990 video for The Time song "Jerk Out". Quincy Jones_sentence_161

Jones was a guest actor on an episode of The Boondocks. Quincy Jones_sentence_162

He appeared with Ray Charles in the music video of their song "One Mint Julep" and also with Ray Charles and Chaka Khan in the music video of their song "I'll Be Good to You". Quincy Jones_sentence_163

Jones hosted an episode of the long-running NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live on February 10, 1990 (during SNL's 15th season). Quincy Jones_sentence_164

The episode was notable for having 10 musical guests (the most any SNL episode has had in its 40 plus years on the air): Tevin Campbell, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, rappers Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane, Melle Mel, Quincy D III, Siedah Garrett, Al Jarreau, and Take 6, and for a performance of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" by The SNL Band (conducted by Quincy Jones). Quincy Jones_sentence_165

Jones impersonated Marion Barry, former mayor of Washington, DC, in the recurring sketch The Bob Waltman Special. Quincy Jones_sentence_166

He later produced his own sketch comedy show, FOX's MADtv, which ran from 1995 to 2009. Quincy Jones_sentence_167

Jones appeared in the 1999 Walt Disney Pictures animated film Fantasia 2000, introducing the set piece of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Quincy Jones_sentence_168

Two years later he made a cameo appearance as himself in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember. Quincy Jones_sentence_169

On February 10, 2008, Jones joined Usher in presenting the Grammy Award for Album of the Year to Herbie Hancock. Quincy Jones_sentence_170

On January 6, 2009, he appeared on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly to discuss his career. Quincy Jones_sentence_171

Daly informally floated the idea that Jones should become the first minister of culture for the United States, pending the inauguration of Barack Obama as president. Quincy Jones_sentence_172

Daly noted that only the US and Germany, among leading world countries, did not have a cabinet-level position for this role. Quincy Jones_sentence_173

Commentators on NPR and in the Chronicle of Higher Education have also discussed the topic of a minister of culture. Quincy Jones_sentence_174

In February 2014 Jones appeared in Keep on Keepin' On, a documentary about his friend, Clark Terry, the jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player. Quincy Jones_sentence_175

In the film, Terry introduces Jones to his protege, Justin Kauflin, whom Jones then signs to his band and label. Quincy Jones_sentence_176

In July 2014, Jones starred in a documentary film, The Distortion of Sound. Quincy Jones_sentence_177

In September 2015, he was a guest on Dr. Quincy Jones_sentence_178 Dre's The Pharmacy on Beats 1 Radio. Quincy Jones_sentence_179

He was also featured on Jacob Collier's YouTube cover of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. Quincy Jones_sentence_180 (Pretty Young Thing)". Quincy Jones_sentence_181

On February 28, 2016, he and Pharell Williams presented Ennio Morricone with the Oscar for best film score. Quincy Jones_sentence_182

and in August 2016, he and his music were featured at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, l London. Quincy Jones_sentence_183

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Quincy Jones among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. Quincy Jones_sentence_184

On March 20, 2020, Jones guest starred on a music video by Travis Scott and Young Thug for the song "Out West" Jones makes and consumes a sandwich during the course of the video. Quincy Jones_sentence_185

Activism Quincy Jones_section_7

Jones's social activism began in the 1960s with his support of Martin Luther King Jr. Jones is one of the founders of the Institute for Black American Music (IBAM), whose events aim to raise enough funds for the creation of a national library of African-American art and music. Quincy Jones_sentence_186

Jones is also one of the founders of the Black Arts Festival in his hometown of Chicago. Quincy Jones_sentence_187

In the 1970s Jones formed The Quincy Jones Workshops. Quincy Jones_sentence_188

Meeting at the Los Angeles Landmark Variety Arts Center, the workshops educated and honed the skills of inner-city youth in musicianship, acting, and songwriting. Quincy Jones_sentence_189

Among its alumni were Alton McClain who had a hit song with Alton McClain and Destiny, and Mark Wilkins, who co-wrote the hit song "Havin' a Love Attack" with Mandrill and became National Promotion Director for Mystic Records. Quincy Jones_sentence_190

For many years, Jones has worked closely with Bono of U2 on a number of philanthropic endeavors. Quincy Jones_sentence_191

He is the founder of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, a nonprofit organization that built more than 100 homes in South Africa and which aims to connect youths with technology, education, culture, and music. Quincy Jones_sentence_192

One of the organization's programs is an intercultural exchange between underprivileged youths from Los Angeles and South Africa. Quincy Jones_sentence_193

In 2004 Jones helped launch the We Are the Future (WAF) project, which gives children in poor and conflict-ridden areas a chance to live their childhoods and develop a sense of hope. Quincy Jones_sentence_194

The program is the result of a strategic partnership between the Global Forum, the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, and Hani Masri, with the support of the World Bank, UN agencies and major companies. Quincy Jones_sentence_195

The project was launched with a concert in Rome, Italy, in front of an audience of half a million people. Quincy Jones_sentence_196

Jones supports a number of other charities, including the NAACP, GLAAD, Peace Games, AmfAR, and the Maybach Foundation. Quincy Jones_sentence_197

He serves on the Advisory Board of HealthCorps. Quincy Jones_sentence_198

On July 26, 2007, he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. Quincy Jones_sentence_199

But with the election of Barack Obama, Quincy Jones said that his next conversation "with President Obama [will be] to beg for a secretary of arts." Quincy Jones_sentence_200

This prompted the circulation of a petition on the internet asking Obama to create such a Cabinet-level position in his administration. Quincy Jones_sentence_201

In 2001, Jones became an honorary member of the board of directors of the Jazz Foundation of America. Quincy Jones_sentence_202

He has worked with the foundation to save the homes and lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians, including those who survived Hurricane Katrina. Quincy Jones_sentence_203

Jones and his friend John Sie, founder of Liberty Starz, started the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Quincy Jones_sentence_204

They were inspired by Sie's granddaughter, Sophia, who has Down syndrome. Quincy Jones_sentence_205

Personal life Quincy Jones_section_8

Jones never learned to drive, citing his involvement in a car crash at age 14 as the reason. Quincy Jones_sentence_206

Jones revealed that Ray Charles introduced him to heroin at 15, but he quit using the drug after he fell down five flights of stairs. Quincy Jones_sentence_207

He is a believer in astrology. Quincy Jones_sentence_208

In regard to religion, he stated in February 2018 that he believes in a god that opposes the love of money but dismisses the notion of an afterlife; he holds a negative opinion of the Catholic Church, believing it is built upon the notions of money and "fear, smoke, and murder". Quincy Jones_sentence_209

Jones claimed to have knowledge of the truth of the Kennedy assassination, stating his belief that mobster Sam Giancana was responsible, as well as outing sexual relationships Marlon Brando had with James Baldwin, Richard Pryor, and Marvin Gaye. Quincy Jones_sentence_210

In the same interview, Jones stated he dated Ivanka Trump despite expressing disdain for her father. Quincy Jones_sentence_211

He later apologized for the interview after a family intervention with his six daughters, blaming the things he said on "word vomit". Quincy Jones_sentence_212

In 1974 Jones suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm, leading to a decision to reduce his workload to spend time with his friends and family. Quincy Jones_sentence_213

Since his family and friends believed Jones' life was coming to an end, they started to plan a memorial service for him. Quincy Jones_sentence_214

He attended his own service with his neurologist by his side, in case the excitement overwhelmed him. Quincy Jones_sentence_215

Some of the entertainers at his service were Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye, Sarah Vaughan, and Sidney Poitier. Quincy Jones_sentence_216

Marriages and children Quincy Jones_section_9

Jones has been married three times and has seven children with five different women. Quincy Jones_sentence_217

He was married to Jeri Caldwell from 1957 to 1966, and they had one daughter named Jolie. Quincy Jones_sentence_218

He had a brief affair with Carol Reynolds, and they had a daughter named Rachel. Quincy Jones_sentence_219

He was later married to Swedish actress Ulla Andersson from 1967 to 1974, and they had a daughter named Martina and a son named Quincy, who also became a music producer. Quincy Jones_sentence_220

The day after his divorce from Andersson, Jones married American actress Peggy Lipton. Quincy Jones_sentence_221

They had two daughters, Kidada (who was born before they were married) and Rashida, both of whom became actresses. Quincy Jones_sentence_222

Jones and Lipton divorced in 1989. Quincy Jones_sentence_223

He later dated and lived with German actress Nastassja Kinski from 1991 to 1995, and they had a daughter named Kenya, who became a fashion model. Quincy Jones_sentence_224

In 1994 rapper Tupac Shakur criticized Jones for having relationships with white women, prompting Jones' daughter Rashida to pen a scathing open letter in response, which was published in The Source. Quincy Jones_sentence_225

Rashida's sister Kidada developed a romantic relationship with Shakur and had been living with the rapper for four months at the time of his death. Quincy Jones_sentence_226

Awards and honors Quincy Jones_section_10

Further information: List of awards and nominations received by Quincy Jones Quincy Jones_sentence_227

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  • Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music (1983)Quincy Jones_item_0_0
  • Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member Ray Charles in 1984.Quincy Jones_item_0_1
  • Grammy Legend Award in 1992 (one of only 15 people ever to receive it).Quincy Jones_item_0_2
  • Second in the list of all-time Grammy award wins.Quincy Jones_item_0_3
  • Garfield High School in Seattle named a performing arts center after him.Quincy Jones_item_0_4
  • Quincy Jones Elementary School located in South Central Los Angeles is named after him.Quincy Jones_item_0_5
  • Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards in 2008.Quincy Jones_item_0_6
  • John F. Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.Quincy Jones_item_0_7
  • National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama on March 2, 2011.Quincy Jones_item_0_8
  • Los Angeles Press Club Visionary Award in 2014.Quincy Jones_item_0_9
  • Honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2015.Quincy Jones_item_0_10
  • Ahmet Ertegun Award into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.Quincy Jones_item_0_11

Film scores and soundtracks Quincy Jones_section_11

Filmography Quincy Jones_section_12

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Discography Quincy Jones_section_13

Main article: Quincy Jones production discography Quincy Jones_sentence_228


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