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Quincy Jones Biography

  • Profession: Composer (Music Score), Actor, Executive Producer, Songwriter
  • Born: Mar 14, 1933
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001
  • Birth Name: Quincy Delight Jones, Jr

Born in Chicago, African-American composer/musician Quincy Jones grew up in Seattle. An alumnus of both the Berklee School and Boston's Schillinger school of music, the 17-year-old [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]] became a trumpeter/arranger for [[Performer~P91571~Dizzy Gillespie~dizzygillespie]], then toured with [[Performer~P30071~Lionel Hampton~lionelhampton]] before organizing his own band. From the late '50s through 1968, [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]] held down executive posts at Barclay Records of Paris and Mercury Records of Hollywood. The first of [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]]' jazz-dominated movie scores was for 1965's [[Feature~V37529~The Pawnbroker~thepawnbroker]]; subsequent film assignments included [[Feature~V24480~In Cold Blood~incoldblood]] (1967), [[Feature~V24638~In the Heat of the Night~intheheatofthenight]] (1967), [[Feature~V55009~The Wiz~thewiz]] (1978) and [[Feature~V10301~The Color Purple~thecolorpurple]] (1984), which he co-produced. Equally active on the small screen, [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]] composed theme and incidental music for the TV series I Spy and [[Feature~V126561~Ironside~ironside]], and in 1978 won an Emmy for his work on the monumental miniseries [[Feature~V133160~Roots~roots]]. A pioneer in the realm of music video, [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]] produced and arranged the blockbuster [[Performer~P95684~Michael Jackson~michaeljackson]] video Thriller, which earned him one of his two dozen-plus Grammies. [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]] also organized and produced the all-star benefit video We Are the World, assembling a fantastic aggregation of top recording talent with the admonition "Check your vanity at the door." In 1990, [[Performer~P36030~Jones~jones]] was the subject of the documentary film [[Feature~V29470~Listen Up~listenup:thelivesofquincyjones]]. Quincy Jones was honored with the Jean Hersholt humanitarian award at the 1995 Academy Awards celebration. He has appeared in numerous documentaries about musicians and celebrities, and lent his vocal talents to Disney's Fantasia 2000 in 1999, and making a cameo appearance in Austin Powers in Goldmember. He contributed to the score of Get Rick or Die Tryin'. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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