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Quincy Jones

Born March 14, 1933 Chicago


Quincy Jones played trumpet at high school, and after studying music in Boston, joined Lionel Hampton's band as a trumpeter and musical arranger.

He found success quickly as an arranger in New York, working with Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington before he was 25 years old.

In 1957, he moved to Paris where he both studied and continued working for a French recording company.

Quincy won his first Grammy in 1963 for his Count Basie arrangement of I Can't Stop Loving You. His musical association as conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra lasted for three years in the mid-'60s.

In 1963, he wrote the music for Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker, the first of his 33 major motion picture scores. One of these was The Hell With Heroes in 1969; the score included a song for which Dorothy Fields supplied a lyric: Where There Is Love There Is Hope.

Throughout the eighties and nineties, Quincy Jones enjoyed an immensely successful career as recording executive and TV and film producer.

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