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Legendary songwriter, composer and producer Quincy Jones celebrate this year his 80th  birthday.

 “If you started in New York you were dealing with the biggest guys in the world. You're dealing with Charlie Parker and all the big bands and everything. We got more experience working in Seattle. “ Quincy Jones

 

“Just blow in it and sound bad for about a year and then make it sound a little bit better, and you get a little band together, and then you get a few jobs. You take four guys that sound half bad, but if they're 25 percent each, they can give 100 percent, you know? “ Quincy Jones




 

Quincy Jones was born on the south side of Chicago on March 14, 1933. At the age of ten, Jones moved with his family to the suburbs of Seattle. Jones took an interest in music during elementary school. He tried every instrument in his school band before settling on the trumpet.

At the age of 14, he eventually formed a jazz duo with another exceptional young musician, Ray Charles.

Jones' first major break came when he was offered to play with Lionel Hampton at the age on 18. He dropped out of Berklee College of Music to tour with big bandleader Lionel Hampton which led to him becoming a popular freelance arranger.. He spent much of the 1950s and 60s working alongside a who's who of jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Jone first connected with Michael Jackson while working on the score for the 1978 film "The Whiz." Their initial collaboration, "Off the Wall," which was produced by Jones, cemented the young star as a solo force in pop music. Their next collaboration was on the historic album "Thriller," which remains the best selling album of all time.

In addition to Jones' film scoring and album work, he also composed some of television's most loved theme songs including that of "Ironside" and "The Cosby Show.


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