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composer , conductor , Producer , trumpeter , arranger

Quincy JONES, American composer, arranger, conductor and trumpeter. Award (Sweden); Award, National.


Jones, Quincy was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Quincy Delight and Sarah Jones.


Student, Seattle University. Student, Berklee College Music. Studied with Nadia Boulanger.

Student, Boston Conservatory. Degree (honorary), Berklee College Music, 1983. Degree (honorary), Howard University, 1985.

Degree (honorary), Seattle University, 1990. Degree (honorary), Wesleyan University, 1991. Degree (honorary), Loyola University, 1992.

Degree (honorary), Brandeis University, 1992. Degree (honorary), Clark University, 1993.


Conductor and trumpeter. Director Barchlay Disques, Paris. Led owm European tour 1960.

Music Director Mercury. President 1964; conductor of numerous film scores. Composer, actor in film Blues for Trumpet and Koto.

Albums include Body Heat 1974, The Dude 1981. Back on the Block 1989.


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    • Trumpeter, arranger Lionel Hampton Orchestra, 1950-1953. Arranger for orchestras, singers including Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, United States of America For Africa. Organizer, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra for Department of State tour of Near East, Middle East, South America, 1956.Music director Barchlay Disques, Paris. Leader own orchestra European tour, concerts, television, radio, 1960. Music director, Mercury Records, 1961, vice president, 1964.Composer: background scores The Boy in the Tree, 1964. Conductor (film music) The Pawnbroker, Mirage, The Slender Thread, 1965, Walk Don't Run, Made in Paris, 1966, Banning (Academy award nominate best song 1967), The Deadly Affair, Enter Laughing, In Cold Blood (Academy award nominate best score 1967), In the Heat of the Night, 1967, For the Love of Ivy (Academy award nominate best song 1968), The Split, Mirage, A Dandy in Aspic, The Hell with Heroes, Jigsaw, 1968, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Cactus Flower, John and Mary, The Italian Job, The Lost Man, MacKenna's Gold, 1969, Eggs, Of Men and Demons, The Out-Of-Towners, Up Your Teddy Bear, The Last of the Mobile Hotshots, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, 1970, The Anderson Tapes, Brother John, Honky, 1971, Come Back Charleston Blue, The Hot Rock, 1972, The New Centurions, 1972, The Getaway, 1972, Mother, Jugs, and Speed, 1976, The Wiz, 1978, (also co-producer) The Color Purple (Academy award noms., best picture, best song 1985), Fever Pitch, (executive music producer) The Slugger's Wife, 1985, Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones, 1990. Composer, actor (film) Blues for Trumpet and Koto, Life Goes On. Recording artist numerous platinum albums including Body Heat, 1974, Mellow Madness, 1975, I Heard That, 1976, The Dude, 1981, Back on the Block, 1989, Snackwater Jack, 1991.Producer videotape Portrait of An Album: Frank Sinatra with Quincy Jones and Orchestra, 1986 (platinum). Producer recordings Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, 1980, Thriller, 1982 (world's best selling record), Bad. Producer (with Steven Spielberg) The E.T. Storybook, (television series) Fresh Prince of Bel Air, since 1990.Composer (television) Hey Landlord, 1966-1967, Ironside, 1967-1975, The Bill Cosby Show, 1969-1971, The New Bill Cosby Show, 1972-1973, Sanford and Son, 1972-1977, Sanford Arms, 1977, The Cosby Show, 1984-1992, The Oprah Winfrey Show, since 1989. Mini-series Roots (Emmy award, best music composition, 1977), 1977. Founder Vibe Magazine, 1992, executive producer A Call for Reunion concert Lincoln Memorial for Clinton Inauguration, 1993.


Children: Kidada, Rashida, Jolie, Martina-Lisa, Quincy III, Rachelle, Kenya.

Quincy Delight

Sarah Jones

Kidada Jones

Rashida Jones

Jolie Jones

Martina-Lisa Jones

Quincy III Jones

Rachelle Jones

Kenya Jones