QUINCY JONES BIOGRAPHY

 

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An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones has succeeded in almost every segment of the media and entertainment industry.

Music: Has been nominated for a record 79 Grammys and won more Grammys than any living musician (27). Produced the best-selling album of all-time (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) & the best-selling single of all-time (We Are the World). Produced, composed, conducted, arranged or performed on more than 400 albums.

Film: Produced The Color Purple (discovering Oprah Winfrey), which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and grossed nearly a quarter-billion dollars. Has scored more than 35 feature films and been nominated for 7 Oscars including winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award at the 1995 Academy Awards. He is the only African-American producer to be nominated for Best Picture and was the first black conductor of the awards.

Television: Produced the highly successful Fresh Prince of Bel Air (discovering Will Smith); Fox’s In the House, and MadTV—which did 14 seasons on Fox. Was the first black conductor of the Academy Awards in 1971 and produced the 1996 Academy Awards. Won an Emmy for his score on the miniseries Roots– the most successful TV miniseries in history.

Broadway: Produces The Color Purple currently in 27 cities and nominated for 11 Tony Awards

Print: Founder of Vibe Magazine—the #1 magazine targeting the urban youth demographic

Radio: Founding board member of Premier Radio Networks, and a former owner of WATL and WNOL.

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