Biography of Quincy Jones: – As a musician he dedicated himself to rhythm and blues, and in the rest of his facets he has touched so many styles of music that it would be long to list them: they range from jazz to rap, going through everything imaginable.
Biography of Quincy Jones
- Born:- 14 March 1933 (age 84), Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Children:- Rashida Jones, Kidada Jones, Jolie Jones Levine
- Spouse:- Peggy Lipton (m. 1974–1990), Ulla Jones (m. 1967–1974), Jeri Caldwell(m. 1957–1966)
- Awards:- Grammy Award for Album of the Year,
- Tv Shows:- African American Lives, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Vibe
In addition to having done everything in the world of music, he has done well enough to accumulate various Grammys in various categories. Perhaps it’s secret to do much, in all fields and well, has been to work always with musicians of first order, like Dizzy Gillespie. The 1985 USA production of Africa, culminating in the song We Are the World (featuring the most prestigious pop musicians of the moment: Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and many others) was the monumental project that definitely consecrated Jones as a producer.
This genius of modern music grew up in Seattle and at the age of twelve, like many boys of color, he entered a Gospel group. A couple of years later he met a young man Ray Charles and played at various jazz clubs. Already in New York, he worked as arranger of reputed musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and accompanied in a three-year tour to Lionel Hampton.
At the end of the fifties he was in Paris as musical director of the important jazz label Barclay. Back in New York he worked as head of A & R (department in charge of finding artists) Mercury Records until 1968, and the following year began recording again. One of his last creations before that musical parenthesis had been Big Band Bossa Nova (1962), one of his greatest successes.
Throughout successive years, its activity would be determinant for the races of artists like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, George Benson or Michael Jackson. He was also prodigó in the creation of soundtracks, of which he produced more than thirty, with titles as outstanding as In the heat of the night (1967) or The color purple (1987); he also created the music of numerous television series, such as Roots .
In the early 1980s he founded his own label, Qwest. In recent years his activity has focused on the tasks of directing the record label and productions for other artists, such as the aforementioned project USA for Africa, which would bring to number one the theme we are the world. Of his own production they emphasize Body heat (1974), Sounds – And stuff like that (1978), the dude (1981) and Live at Montreux (1993), recorded next to Miles Davis. For Back on the Block (1989), there was an endless list of artists, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Barry White, Miles Davis and Ice-T.