Today in History: Quincy Jones was Born


Quincy Jones, Music Impresario

Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side.

He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band.

At the age of 18 he won a scholarship to Berkley College of Music in Boston.

In his prosperous career he wrote charts for musicians such as Ray Charles and Duke Ellington, composed 33 film scores for major motion pictures and also wrote theme music for television.

He is the most nominated Grammy artist with a total of 76 nominations and 26 awards.

He also received an Emmy award, 7 Oscar nominations and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Throughout his career his ongoing concern was to foster appreciation of African-American music and culture.

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