Quincy Jones

Born 14 March 1933.
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Quincy Jones - The Jazz House Pocket Legend

Stephen Duffy presents a profile of the renaissance man of American music Quincy Jones.

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Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, record company executive, humanitarian, and jazz trumpeter. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

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, their "The Eyes of Love" for the Universal Pictures film Banning. That same year, Jones was the first African American to be nominated twice within the same year for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, as he was also nominated for his work on the film In Cold Blood (1967). In 1971, Jones was the first African American to be named as the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. In 1995 he was the first African American to receive the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the African American who has been nominated for the most Oscars; each has received seven nominations.

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  • Founded Qwest Records

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Q: Soul Bossa Nostra

    Q: Soul Bossa Nostra 2010

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    This guest-strewn project lacks the magic of previous Quincy classics.
  2. Review of The Dude

    The Dude 1987

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The Dude was the right album at the right time.
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