"You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff."

  • Born March 14, 1933, in Chicago
  • A multifaceted artist as a musician, arranger and producer, Quincy Jones first rose to prominence as a trumpet player in bands for jazz giants such as Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. As a producer and arranger, he has worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. He has also released albums as a solo artist. 1974's Body Heat reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, followed by a string of additional Top 20 albums. 
  • Jones has won 27 GRAMMY Awards, tying him with Alison Krauss as the most awarded living person, and second-highest GRAMMY winner of all time. His wins include three Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical awards and two awards each for Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. He has been nominated a record 79 times since 1961.
  • Jones survived a life-threatening illness in 1974, but not before friends and family had begun preparing for his death. He later attended his own memorial service alongside comedian Richard Pryor, singers Marvin Gaye and Sarah Vaughan, and actor Sidney Poitier.
  • Jones earned a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989 and a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1992. 
  • The GRAMMY Foundation's Starry Night event, which celebrated the Recording Academy's 50th anniversary, also recognized Jones's career in music. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session performers opened the event.
  • Jones produced "We Are The World," a 1985 charity single with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, among others. In 2001 the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation built more than 100 homes in South Africa. The organization connects young people with technology and education, and fosters interaction between teens in South Africa and Los Angeles.

 

 

Quincy Jones

"You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff."

  • Born March 14, 1933, in Chicago
  • A multifaceted artist as a musician, arranger and producer, Quincy Jones first rose to prominence as a trumpet player in bands for jazz giants such as Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. As a producer and arranger, he has worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. He has also released albums as a solo artist. 1974's Body Heat reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, followed by a string of additional Top 20 albums. 
  • Jones has won 27 GRAMMY Awards, tying him with Alison Krauss as the most awarded living person, and second-highest GRAMMY winner of all time. His wins include three Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical awards and two awards each for Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. He has been nominated a record 79 times since 1961.
  • Jones survived a life-threatening illness in 1974, but not before friends and family had begun preparing for his death. He later attended his own memorial service alongside comedian Richard Pryor, singers Marvin Gaye and Sarah Vaughan, and actor Sidney Poitier.
  • Jones earned a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989 and a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1992. 
  • The GRAMMY Foundation's Starry Night event, which celebrated the Recording Academy's 50th anniversary, also recognized Jones's career in music. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session performers opened the event.
  • Jones produced "We Are The World," a 1985 charity single with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, among others. In 2001 the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation built more than 100 homes in South Africa. The organization connects young people with technology and education, and fosters interaction between teens in South Africa and Los Angeles.

 

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Quincy Jones

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Nominations
Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
Body Heat (Album)
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Along Came Betty (Track)
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Summer In The City
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
You've Got It Bad Girl (Instrumental Portions) (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Money Runner
Best Pop Instrumental Performance By An Arranger, Composer, Orchestra And/Or Choral Leader
Money Runner (Single)
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
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Wins
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Smackwater Jack
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Gula Matari (Single)
Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance
Soul Flower
Best Instrumental Composition
Gula Matari
Best Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Gula Matari
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Walking In Space
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Walking In Space
Best Instrumental Theme
Mackenna's Gold (Main Title) (Album)
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Mackenna's Gold (Album)
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
The Lost Man (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Show
In The Heat Of The Night (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
Quincy Jones Explores The Music Of Henry Mancini
Best Original Jazz Composition
The Witching Hour
Best Instrumental Performance - Non-Jazz
Golden Boy (String Version)
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Golden Boy (String Version) (Single)
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
I Can't Stop Loving You
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group
Quincy Jones Plays The Hip Hits
Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing
Quincy Jones Plays The Hip Hits
 
Nominations
Best Original Jazz Composition
Quintessence
Best Performance By An Orchestra For Dancing
Big Band Bossa Nova
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Quintessence
 
Nominations
Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing
I Dig Dancers
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement
Let The Good Times Roll
Best Jazz Performance Large Group
The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones