About the Author
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., known to his friends as "Q," is the most prolific individual music producer and creative force in American popular culture. He is the visionary behind Thriller and Michael Jackson's solo career, the compositional master of more than 33 film scores, the patron producer of Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith, the founder and CEO of Qwest Records and Broadcasting, a platinum selling musician, and the all time Grammy nominee. As a paragon humanitarian he was the major supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Operation Breadbasket, a founding member of the Institute for Black American Music and the Black Arts Festival, and is creator of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, which works to build homes in Africa and educate children in global conflict zones. Jones currently resides in Los Angeles and at the age of 74 works tirelessly as a versatile performer, producer, philanthropist, and impresario. Quincy Jones' talents are legendary, his compassion universal, and his life too much for words.
Preface by Maya Angelou
Foreword by Clint Eastwood
Introduction by Bono
From The Washington Post
From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com The Complete Quincy Jones By Quincy Jones. Insight Editions. 141 pp. $45 Born in Chicago in 1933, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., was one of eight children. After moving to Seattle with his father when he was 10, he learned to sing and play the piano and alto sax. When big bands started coming through town -- Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington -- he was there. "This is where I want to live for the rest of my life," he decided. "And I want to be an arranger and composer." As this book -- a cornucopia of memorabilia -- demonstrates, he did all that and then some. Throughout his dazzling career, Jones conducted and arranged music for Frank Sinatra and Count Basie; produced Lesley Gore's It's My Party, Michael Jackson's Thriller and USA for Africa's We Are the World; and composed music for The Bill Cosby Show and Roots and the movies In Cold Blood and The Color Purple. He influenced not only the entire music industry, but film, television, philanthropy and social activism. As Clint Eastwood says in his foreword, "The legacy he'll leave to the world is genuinely tremendous."
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