Musician and American producer, born in Chicago on March 14, 1933, his real name is Quincy Delight Jones Jr. To his credit include the titles of trumpeter, composer, arranger, manager, producer, owner of a record label and businessman, among others. This genius of modern music grew up in Seattle and at the age of twelve, like many boys of color, comes in a Gospel group. A couple of years later meets a young Ray Charles and playing in various jazz clubs, before moving to New York to work as an arranger of, among others, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton on a tour of three years.
At the end of the fifties is in Paris as musical director of the important Jazz Barclay label. Returns to New York and worked as head of A % 2526amp % 253BR (Department in charge of the search for artists) of Mercury Records, until 1968, and the following year began to record again. One of his latest creations before the parentheses music was Big Band Bossa Nova, released in 1962 and one of his biggest hits. Over successive years, its activity becomes transcendent in the careers of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, George Benson, or Michael Jackson. It has also showered his creation in the field of the soundtracks, with titles as In The Heat Of The Night, of 1967 or The Colour Purple, in 1987, two from more than thirty titles, apart from creating the music for many TV series, such as roots.
In the early 1980s he created his label, Qwest, and his work in recent times has been aimed, primarily, at tasks of direction of the label and productions for other artists, such as the famous USA For Africa Band, which led to the number one subject We Are The World. Their own production, highlight Sounds - And Stuff Like That, in 1978, The Dude, in 1981, Live At Montreux, from 1993, recorded with Miles Davis. Back On The Block, in 1989, has been one of his latest creations, a long list of collaborators that include the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Barry White, Miles Davis or Ice-T. In 2001 he published his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.
Throughout his musical career he has won 25 Awards Grammy, Emmy Award by the music of the episode's opening of 'Roots', seven nominations for the Oscar, the Jean Hersholt humanitarian award of the A.M.P.A.S., the "trustee" prize of the N.A.R.A.S., the prize Polar Music of the Royal Swedish Academy, and the Rodolfo Valentino award of the Italian Republic. Several universities have awarded the title doctor honoris cause; the French Government awarded him the Legion of Honor, and also received the order of Arts and letters of the Ministry of culture French. In 2000 he received the National Humanities Medal, in 2008 he was honored at the Montreux Jazz Festival and in 2009 received the Global Award Clinton to philanthropy.
1964: Big Band Bossa Nova 1970: Gula Matari 1970: Walking in Space 1971: Smackwater Jack 1973: You've Got It Bad, Girl 1974: Body Heat 1975: Mellow Madness 1976: I Heard That! 1977: Roots 1978: Sounds...And Stuff Like That! 1981: The Dude 1984: The Birth of a Band, Vol. 1 1989: Back on the Block 1995: Q completo Jook Joint 1999: Reel Quincy Jones 2000: Basie and Beyond 2004: Original Jam Sessions 1969 2011: Soul Bossa Nostra.