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Quincy Jones

His Life in Music

Clarence Bernard Henry

Publication Year: 2013

Quincy Jones (b. 1933) is one of the most prolific composers, arrangers, bandleaders, producers, and humanitarians in American music history and the recording and film industries. Among pop music fans he is perhaps most famous for producing Michael Jackson's album, Thriller. Clarence Bernard Henry focuses on the life, music, career, and legacy of Jones within the social, cultural, historical, and artistic context of American, African American, popular, and world music traditions.

Jones's career has spanned over sixty years, generating a substantial body of work with over five hundred compositions and arrangements. The author focuses on this material as well as many of Jones's accomplishments: performing as a young trumpeter in the bands of Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie, becoming the first African American to hold an executive position in the competitive white-owned recording industry, breaking racial barriers as a composer in the Hollywood film and television industries, producing the best-selling album of all time, and receiving numerous Grammy Awards.

The author also discusses many of Jones's compositions, arrangements, and recordings and his compositional study in France with legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger. In addition, details are provided about Jones's distinct ability as one of the most innovative composers and arrangers who incorporates many different styles of music, techniques, and creative ideas in his compositions, arrangements, and film scores. He collaborated with an array of musicians and groups such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Clifford Brown, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, USA for Africa, and many others. Clarence Bernard Henry shows how Jones has, throughout his career, wholeheartedly embraced philosophies of globalization and cultural diversity in his body of work, collaborations, humanitarian projects, and musical creativity.

Published by: University Press of Mississippi


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-2

This book focuses on the musical experiences and career of Quincy Jones, a musician of legendary status in producing some of the most important recordings in American popular music history. Even now his creativity continues to evolve in different directions. But more than this, Jones epitomizes a positive ideology by overcoming many...

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1. A Retrospective of Quincy Jones

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pp. 3-28

For more than six decades Quincy Jones has continually helped shape many styles of American music. To comprehend his global status, one needs only to refer to the popularity of works such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), the “We Are the World” collaboration (1985), or “Soul Bossa Nova” (1962), a composition later incorporated as the...

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2. The Quincy Jones Bands

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pp. 29-44

Quincy Jones has organized several recording and touring bands in his career, with some of the most talented musicians in jazz history. One of the major challenges in his career was working with the 1959 Free and Easy tour, based on a remake of St. Louis Woman, a Broadway musical with a story centered on African American characters. Jones...

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3. Composer Arranger = "Q"

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pp. 45-68

Quincy Jones has described the art of composing and arranging as hearing “a tapestry of different colors and textures, and densities.” But he cautions: “arranging is also sweatshop work, a blend of experience, architecture, soul, and science. When one is arranging, that musician is in many ways tearing fears, observations, harmonies, and rhythms...

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4. The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones in the Popular Music Recording Industry

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pp. 69-84

Quincy Jones’s greatest accomplishments and legacy in popular music continue to be his contributions to the recording industry. This chapter focuses on some of the ways that Quincy Jones has created a world of musical innovations through his many albums and recordings. In the competitive recording industry, Jones has recorded as a composer...

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5. On "Q" in Hollywood

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pp. 85-108

Quincy Jones has often noted his challenges in being accepted as a serious composer and arranger in the film industry. Jones is one of the few African American composers to have succeeded in Hollywood.1 He possessed talents and fortitude that could not be denied, and this is evident in his many film and television scores. This chapter focuses...

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Finale: How Does Quincy Jones Keep the Music Playing?

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pp. 109-112

When concluding a book about the life, music, and career of Quincy Jones, one of the most appropriate songs to point out and discuss from his body of work is “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” written by Michel Legrand with lyrical content by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. An arrangement performed by vocalists James Ingram...

Appendix I: Albums, Singles, Film Scores and Soundtracks, and Television Scores

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pp. 113-124

Appendix II: Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition

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pp. 125-136


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pp. 137-156


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pp. 157-166


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pp. 167-183

E-ISBN-13: 9781617038617
E-ISBN-10: 1621039668
Print-ISBN-13: 9781621039662

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013