That little ol’ annual
event in Austin….
By Blurt Staff
Just announced: multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and
arranger Quincy Jones will deliver the keynote address at the 2009 South By
Southwest Music Conference in Austin,
TX on March 19th. SXSW
takes place March 18-22 at the Convention Center, as usual – look for no less
than 1700 bands performing over the course of the four-day industry bash.
Details on registration and more go to www.sxsw.com.
The Jones press release follows:
A longtime humanitarian who produced and conducted the historic “We Are The
World” recording benefitting Ethiopian famine relief, Jones is expected to
discuss the power of music to influence and create positive change in the world
and the responsibility of the artist to use their craft to bring people
together for the betterment of mankind.
Among Jones’ current and upcoming projects include the recently released book
“The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions,” a feature film
documentary on Brazil’s annual Carnival Festival which will benefit the victims
of Hurricane Katrina and Brazil’s impoverished Favelas, a bio-pic mini-series
on jazz great Louis Armstrong, a duets album with Tony Bennett and Stevie
Wonder, and a tribute album of his recordings featuring artists such as Usher,
John Legend and Amy Winehouse, among others. He is also planning a chain of
nightclub-restaurants based on his album Q’s Jook Joint, with the first
slated to open in Las Vegas
Named by Time Magazine as one of the six most influential Jazz artists of the
20th Century, Quincy Jones’ career has spanned six decades and encompassed the
roles of composer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record producer,
record executive, film and television producer, magazine founder, multi-media
entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, Quincy
Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music
into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including
records, live performances, movies, television and magazine publishing.
Among Quincy Jones’ countless awards and accolades he is a 27 time Grammy Award
winner (the most of any living musician) and is the all-time most nominated
Grammy artist with a total of 79 nominations. He is the recipient of an Emmy
Award; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award; 7 Academy Award nominations including one for Best Picture
— only African-American producer to do so; France’s highest civilian honor the
Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur; and was recognized as a Kennedy Center
Honoree for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the United States. Most
recently, Jones’ vast contributions to music were recognized by the National
Endowment for the Arts when he was named a Jazz Master, the nation’s
highest jazz honor.
Quincy Jones began his career at the age of 13 under the tutelage of legendary
Jazz artists such as lifelong friend and collaborator Ray Charles, Count Basie,
Lionel Hampton, Billy Holliday, Billy Eckstine, Bumps Blackwell, Clark Terry,
and Bobby Tucker. After receiving scholarships to Seattle
University and the Schillinger House,
now known as the Berklee College of Music, Jones would move to New York where he
officially began his career touring as a trumpeter and arranger for Lionel
Hampton. It would be during this period of his life that Jones would make his
first trip abroad to Europe where he would
witness firsthand the power of music to transcend cultural and geographical
boundaries and lead him to a lifelong pursuit of international collaborations
In 1953, Jones would depart Hampton’s
band and begin a busy career as a composer/arranger working with diverse
artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah
Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown and Cannonball Adderly, as well as
Basie, Hampton and Charles.
Jones would again experience music’s power to build bridges in 1956 when he was
tapped by Dizzy Gillespie to serve as musical director, arranger and trumpeter
for the Gillespie Orchestra’s U.S. State Department sponsored tour tasked with
bringing goodwill to troubled areas in Europe, the Middle East and South America. Following the tour, Jones would re-locate
to Paris where
he would study with Nadia Boulanger, the legendary Parisian tutor to American
expatriate composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copeland.
Jones won the first of his many Grammy Awards in 1963 for his Count Basie
arrangement of “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” His three-year musical association as
conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra in the mid-60’s also teamed him with
Basie for the classic Sinatra At The Sands, containing the famous
arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon,” the first recording played by astronaut
Buzz Aldrin when he landed upon the moon’s surface in 1969.
As producer and conductor of the historic “We Are The World” recording (the
best-selling single of all time), Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum solo albums,
Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller (the best-selling
album of all time), and the multi-Grammy winning “Album of the Year” Back
On The Block, Quincy Jones stands as one of the most successful and
admired creative artist/executives in the entertainment world.