Quincy Jones

Producer, Arranger, Musician
One of the most significant figures in entertainment for over five decades, Quincy Jones was a musician, producer, arranger, composer and media giant whose collaborations with the biggest names in the music industry ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1933 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (145)

Angie Tribeca 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Keep On Keepin' On 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Who Got The Blues 2014 (Movie)

Young Basketball Player (Actor)

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1987 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '08 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wheedle's Groove 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celia the Queen 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Truth in Terms of Beauty 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

African American Lives 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson Number Ones 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

cameo (Actor)

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Puppet Performer

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Dickey (Actor)

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Forever Ella 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey: Heart of the Matter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Remarkable 20th Century 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rhythm of Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Homes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Phil Collins -- The Big Band 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones -- The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Two Nations of Black America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Television's Greatest Performances 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

A Great Day in Harlem 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Fourth Annual Environmental Media Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horatio Alger Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

A Very Special Christmas II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dialogue With Black Filmmakers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X: The Real Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Davis: A Tribute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Michael Jackson... The Legend Continues 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The 25th Montreux Music Festival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Save the Planet: A CBS/Hard Rock Cafe Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernstein at 70 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Unforgettable Nat King Cole 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter

Diana 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Children 1973 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Baroness (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Music (123)

Minimum Wage 2015 (Movie)

("Ironside") (Song Performer)

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It") (Song)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

("Sanford & Son Theme (The Streetbeater)") (Song)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

("Sanford & Son Theme (The Streetbeater)") (Song Performer)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

("Sanford & Son Theme") (Song)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It") (Song)

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

("P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)") (Song)

Grown Ups 1987 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Music

In the Heat of the Night 1987 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Music

The Oprah Winfrey Show 1987 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Theme Song

The PJs 1987 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Good Hair 2009 (Movie)

"Where's Eddie?" (Song)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

("Sanford And Son Theme") (Song)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

("Sanford And Son Theme") (Song Performer)

Paul Mooney: Know Your History 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Composer

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

("Get Da Funk Out Ma' Face") (Song)

Iconoclasts 2007 (Tv Show)

Composer

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

"Moody's Mood For Love" (Song Performer)

Date Movie 2006 (Movie)

("Theme from Ironside") (Song)

Hollywoodland 2006 (Movie)

("Elephant Walk") (Song)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Additional Music Conductor (Music Conductor)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Music Score (Original Score)

Sucker Free City 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

("Ironside") (Song)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

("Ironside") (Song Performer)

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

("Comin' Home Baby") (Song Performer)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("Soul Bossa Nova") (Song)

Beef 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Rollerball 2002 (Movie)

("It's a Show Time") (Song)

Orfeu 2000 (Movie)

music supervisor and music arranger(theme song) (Music Supervisor)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("Soul Bossa Nova") (Song)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("Soul Bossa Nova") (Song Performer)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

("Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)") (Song Performer)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

song producer("9 to 5") (Song)

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It (contains 'Body Heat')") (Song)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music Conductor

Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

("Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)") (Song Performer)

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Fast Forward 1985 (Movie)

executive music producer (Music Producer)

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

executive music producer (Music Producer)

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

("Brown Ballad" "Moneyrunner") (Song Performer)

Lost in America 1985 (Movie)

("Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)") (Song)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

songs("Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)" "Sister's Theme" "Proud Theme" "Makidada" "I Ain't Gonna Sing No Mo'" "Don't Make Me No Never Mind (Slow Drag)" "Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin'") (Song)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

(("Love (It's Just The Way It Goes)") (Music)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

("Thriller") (Music Producer)

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller 1982 (Movie)

("PYT") (Song)

Sanford 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Music

The Last American Virgin 1981 (Movie)

("Just Once") (Song Performer)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

songs("Can I Go on Not Knowing" "Glinda's Theme" "Poppy Girls" "Emerald City Ballet" "Is This What Feeling Gets?") (Song)

Sanford and Son 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

The Rise and Fall of Ivor Dickie 1977 (Movie)

("In the Heat of the Night") (Song)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Ironside 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

Theme Music

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Music

Save the Children 1973 (Movie)

keyboardist (Performer)

The New Bill Cosby Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Music

Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 (Movie)

lyrics(title song) (Theme Lyrics)

Honky 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Man and Boy 1972 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Toda Nudez Sera Castigada 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

$ 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Brother John 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bill Cosby Show 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Music

The Getaway 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hot Rock 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Up Your Teddy Bear 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Up Your Teddy Bear 1970 (Movie)

("The Eyes of Blue") (Song)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Cactus Flower 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Cactus Flower 1969 (Movie)

("A Time For Love Is Anytime") (Song)

Eggs 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

John and Mary 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

John and Mary 1969 (Movie)

("Maybe Tomorrow") (Song)

MacKenna's Gold 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Of Men and Demons 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

The Italian Job 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

The Italian Job 1969 (Movie)

("On Days Like These" "Getta Bloomin' Move On!") (Song)

The Lost Man 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lost Man 1969 (Movie)

songs (Song)

They Call Me Mr. Tibbs 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

A Dandy in Aspic 1968 (Movie)

("If You Want Love") (Song)

A Dandy in Aspic 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

For Love of Ivy 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

For Love of Ivy 1968 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Jigsaw 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Counterfeit Killer 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hell With Heroes 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hell With Heroes 1968 (Movie)

("Where Is the Love?") (Song)

The Split 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Split 1968 (Movie)

songs("It's Just a Game, Love" "A Good Woman's Love") (Song)

Banning 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Banning 1967 (Movie)

("The Eyes of Love") (Song)

Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Music

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Ironside 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Music

Rodgers and Hart Today 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Music

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Walk, Don't Run 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Made in Paris 1965 (Movie)

songs("Skol Sister" "Goof Proof") (Song)

Mirage 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pawnbroker 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

The Slender Thread 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Killer By Night (TV Show)

Music

Now You See It (TV Show)

Theme Song

Roots (TV Show)

Music

Split Second to an Epitaph (TV Show)

Music

The Return of Ironside (TV Show)

Theme Music
Producer (26)

Stealing Bess 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Keep On Keepin' On 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mad TV 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Mad TV Holiday Show '04 Special Edition 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beef 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Beef 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Smokers 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vibe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the House 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Lost on Earth 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steel 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brooms 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Cool Like That Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

On Trial 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jesse Jackson Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Livin' Large 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Heart and Soul 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Michael Jackson... The Magic Returns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Passing Glory (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (5)

Roots -- Celebrating 25 Years: The Saga of an American Classic 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Production Consultant

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Sarafina! 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

dance arranger (Choreographer)

Brando (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

One of the most significant figures in entertainment for over five decades, Quincy Jones was a musician, producer, arranger, composer and media giant whose collaborations with the biggest names in the music industry - from Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis to Michael Jackson - created some of the greatest music ever recorded. A trumpet prodigy in his teens, he cut his teeth as an arranger during the jazz scene of the 1950s. By the 1960s, he was a vice-president at Mercury Records, an acclaimed musician in own right, and the composer of such memorable film scores as "The Pawnbroker" (1964) and "In Cold Blood" (1967). Though his own work was nothing less than stellar, his records for others - in particular, Jackson with Off the Wall and Thriller - achieved iconic status, elevating him to legend. In the 1980s and 1990s, he branched into film and television production, finding success with each endeavor, as well as pursuing philanthropic interests in the new millennium. His dedication to art and entertainment, his boundless abilities and his astonishing accomplishments made him one of the most important personalities in American culture for over five decades.

Relationships

Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones

Daughter
Born February 9, 1993 mother, Nastassja Kinski

Ulla Andersson Actor

Wife

Jeri Caldwell

Wife
Childhood sweethearts

Lisette Derouax

Companion
Dating as of 1999

Sarah Frances

Mother
Founded Federal Savings and Loan Corporation later managed an apartment complex on Chicago's South Side suffered from schizophrenia died of a stroke at age 94 in 1999

Rachel Jones Actor

Daughter
Mother is Carol Reynolds

Quincy Jones

Father

Rashida Jones Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 25, 1976; mother, Peggy Lipton; starred on "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) and the 2010 film "The Social Network"

Jolie Jones

Daughter
Mother is Jeri Caldwell

Kidada Jones

Daughter
Born March 22, 1974 mother, Peggy Lipton was engaged to Tupac Shakur at the time of his death in 1996

Martina Jones

Daughter
Mother is Ulla Anderson

Quincy Jones

Son
Born c. 1972 mother, Ulla Anderson

Lloyd Jones

Brother

Nastassja Kinski Actor

Companion
Dated and lived together 1992-95 No longer together

Peggy Lipton Actor

Wife

Carol Reynolds Actor

Companion
Had a brief affair which produced a daughter

Mickella Tupta

Companion
Dated briefly in 1998 no longer together

EDUCATION

Berklee College of Music

Boston , Massachusetts
won a scholarship to attend

Seattle University

Seattle , Washington

studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen in Paris

Boston Conservatory of Music and Drama

Boston , Massachusetts

Milestones

2016

Appeared in the documentary "I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott"

2016

Was a presenter at the 2016 Academy Awards

2014

Produced the documentary "Keep on Keepin' On"

2010

Was the producer of the TV documentary "We Are the World 25 for Haiti"

2008

Produced The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

2003

Was the executive producer of the documentary "Michael Jackson: Number Ones"

2002

Was the executive producer of the documentary "Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel"

2001

Served as executive producer of "Say It Loud!", a five-part series aired on VH-1

1999

Sold Qwest Broadcasting group to Tribune Company

1997

Executive producer of the syndicated talk show "Vibe"

1996

Produced Academy Awards show and telecast

1995

Served as an executive producer of the sitcom "In the House" (NBC, 1995-1996; UPN, 1996-1998)

1995

Executive producer of the late night variety show "Mad TV"

1994

Narrated the documentary, "A Great Day in Harlem"

1993

Was an executive producer of the presidential inauguration festivities (January)

1992

Developed Vibe magazine

1991

Dramatic TV debut,"Life Goes On", in an episode titled, "Last Stand in Glen Brook"

1990

Series debut as executive producer, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"

1990

Episodic TV debut, as himself, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"

1990

Subject of the documentary, "Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones"

1987

Produced Michael Jackson's album "Bad"

1986

Provided the theme for "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

1985

Feature debut as executive music producer, "Fast Forward"

1985

Feature debut as a co-producer, "The Color Purple"; also provided music and songs; received three Oscar nominations, for Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Song ("Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)")

1985

Served as producer and arranger on the world hunger anthem "We Are the World"

1982

Produced Jackson's best-selling album Thriller

1982

Feature debut as a song performer, "The Last American Virgin"

1980

Formed Qwest Records

1979

Produced and arranged Off The Wall for pop star Michael Jackson; first of three albums with Jackson

1978

Adapted the music, provided songs, and served as music supervisor for "The Wiz"; directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Michael Jackson; received fourth Oscar nomination for music

1977

Won an Emmy for scoring the landmark ABC miniseries "Roots"

1973

TV debut as producer, also credited as music director and guest for the CBS special, "Duke Ellington ... We Love You Madly"

1973

TV performance and appearance debut, "Save the Children"

1972

Served as music director on "The New Bill Cosby Show" (CBS)

1970

Feature debut as music supervisor, "Man and Boy"

1968

Picked up third Oscar nomination for the theme song to the 1968 film "For Love of Ivy"

1968

Signed with A&M records and released first album, Walking in Space

1968

Garnered first Oscar nominations for Best Song ("The Eyes of Love" from "Banning") and for Best Original Music Score for "In Cold Blood"

1967

First credited as music director for a TV special, "Rodgers and Hart Today" (ABC)

1967

TV-movie debut with the score for "Ironside" (NBC)

1966

TV series debut, provided music for "Hey, Landlord" (NBC)

1965

Scored first US feature, "The Pawnbroker"; directed by Sidney Lumet

1961

Hired by Mercury Records as an A&R representative

1960

First feature credit, produced the music for the Swedish production of "Pojken i trädet (The Boy in the Tree)"

1957

Moved to Paris to study music composition and theory, taking a job with Mercury Records' French distributor to pay for his studies

1956

Toured the Middle East and South America with Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band

1950

Was trumpeter and arranger with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra

1950

Traveled to New York to arrange music for jazz bassist Oscar Pettiford

1948

Met and formed a band with Ray Charles; performed in Seattle soul clubs

1943

Family moved from Chicago to Seattle, Washington

Popular songs include "Just Once" and "Ai No Corrida".

Bonus Trivia

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Began learning the trumpet while in grade school.

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Met Ray Charles when he was 14 and Charles was 16. Jones would later describe Charles as his first and greatest musical influence.

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Frequently played with the Quincy Jones Band and toured USA with performers like Redd Foxx, Peggy Lee and Billy Eckstine.

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Became the first black executive in a white owned record company when he was appointed to vice president at Mercury Records.

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Received an honorary degree from New York University in May 1999.

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In 1990, was named to the French Legion of Honor. In 2001, he was was elevated to the rank of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

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In 1974, suffered a cerebral aneurysm that almost claimed his life. He underwent two major brain surgeries and spent half a year convalescing. He was advised never to play trumpet again as it might disturb the settings left in his head by the procedure.

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"It gave you some sense of perspective of past, present and future. It took the myopic conflict between just black and white in the United States and put it on another level because you saw the turmoil between the Armenians and the Turks, and the Cypriots and the Greeks, and the Swedes and the Danes, and the Koreans and the Japanese. Everybody had these hassles, and you saw it was a basic part of human nature, these conflicts. It opened my soul, it opened my mind." - on traveling Europe at age 19, from achievement.org, Oct. 28, 2000

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"I’m very frustrated with America. After being creators of jazz and blues, we’re the only country in the world without a minister of culture. Americans don’t know the sources of their own music, from bebop to doo-wop to hip-hop." - from Fortune, July 1, 2015

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"...we have no music industry. There’s 90% piracy everywhere in the world. They take everything. At the recent South by Southwest [an annual music festival in Austin], they had over 1,900 musicians, but fans didn’t know where to go. You can’t get an album out because nobody buys an album anymore." - from Fortune, July 1, 2015

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Jones was known for such albums as "Back On The Block" and "Q's Jook Joint."

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At the age of 14, Jones met Ray Charles, who was then 16, thus forming a lifelong friendship with the music icon.

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In the early 1950s, when he was a music student at Seattle University, Jones played in a popular jazz band that was much beloved by a fellow music student named Clint Eastwood.

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