|Quincy Jones Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6½ in|
|Date of Birth||March 14, 1933|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Quincy Jones is an American singer and impresario who is considered to be one of the greatest minds in the music and television history. His astounding compositions and singles have earned him several legendary awards as well as a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Quincy has been an all-rounder, working his way from movies to music to entrepreneurship to being one of the greatest musicians, alongside his partner Michael Jackson, to have ever lived. He has more than 550k followers on Twitter, 400k+ followers on Instagram, and over 1 million followers on Facebook.
Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
He divides his time between Bremerton and New York City.
In 1943, he began studying at Garfield High School, Seattle, where he learned how to play the trumpet and discovered arranging.
In 1951, he passed out from the Seattle University, where he studied alongside Clint Eastwood. Later, he went on to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston but dropped out so that he could perform with the bandleader Lionel Hampton.
Producer (Film, TV, Music), Composer, Musician, Magazine Founder, Actor, Humanitarian
- Father – Quincy Delight Jones Sr. (1895-1971) (Carpenter)
- Mother – Sarah Frances Wells (1903-1999) (Bank Executive)
- Siblings – Lloyd W Jones (Younger Brother) (b. July 27, 1934)
- Others – Caesar Jones (Paternal Grandfather), Susannah Burgess (Paternal Grandmother), Love Adam Wells (Maternal Grandfather), Mary Belle Lanier (Maternal Grandmother), Quincy Brown (Godson), Elvera Jones (Stepmother), Richard A. Jones (Younger Half-Brother) (Judge), Jeanette Jones (Half-Sister), Margie Jones (Half-Sister)
Quincy is represented by –
- Rogers & Cowan
- Quincy Jones Music Publishing
Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Soul, Big Band, Swing, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and Roll, Pop
Vocals, Trumpet, French Horn, Drums, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer
Warner Bros, Columbia, Mercury, A&M, Qwest, Epic, ABC, Interscope
5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
83 kg or 183 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Quincy has dated –
- Jeri Caldwell (1957-1966) – Jeri was Quincy Jones’ high school sweetheart. Since an early age, they had been together and Jeri had followed Q all the way to Paris where he was tutored by Nadia Boulanger. The couple got married in 1957 and had a daughter named Jolie Jones (Jazz Vocalist). However, their relationship didn’t last very long after they moved to Paris and they filed for divorce in 1966.
- Ulla Andersson (1967-1974) – In 1966, fashion model Ulla met Quincy when she was only 19 years old at a party by Trans World Airlines to honor Frank Sinatra. Later, they moved in together in California. In 1967, the couple got married and had 2 children – Martina Jones (Model) and Quincy Jones III (Swedish Music Producer). After living together for several years, the couple separated in 1974 as Quincy wanted to marry his longtime partner Peggy.
- Peggy Lipton (1974-1990) – Actress Peggy Lipton and Q got married in 1974 and had 2 children, Kidada Jones (Actress) (b. 1974) and Rashida Jones (Actress) (b. 1976), before separating in 1990.
- Carol Reynolds – Jones also had a relationship with a woman named Carol Reynolds. Their short-lived romance bestowed them with a daughter named Rachel Jones.
- Nastassja Kinski (1991-1995) – Quincy Jones also dated German actress and model, Nastassja Kinski. During the course of their relationship, they became parents to a daughter named Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones (b. 1993).
- Naomi Campbell (2007-2011) – Q is speculated to have dated a relatively younger model, singer, and actress, Naomi Campbell, between 2007 and 2011.
- Amber Rose (2014) – He had a fling with model Amber Rose in 2014.
- Ivanka Trump – Jones shocked everyone when he stated in an interview that he had dated Ivanka Trump.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Black & White)
He is of African-American descent with distant English, Scottish, and Welsh roots.
Quincy Jones has done endorsement work for several brands such as AKG.
Quincy has revealed in an interview with the Vulture that he believes in the God who is against one’s greed for wealth and abandons the theories of an afterlife.
He also holds a grudge against the Catholic Churches believing that they are solely built on the notions of power, money, fear, smoke, and murder.
Best Known For
- Being the first African-American, along with Bob Russell, who got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for their song titled The Eyes of Love
- His intensive work in the field of music which spans over a period of 6 decades
- Working with legends like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra
As a Musician
His divine passion for music began when he was in elementary school and had felt the tone of every musical instrument before falling for the sound of the trumpet. As a composer and producer, he has worked with many artists such as Cannonball Adderley, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, Donna Summer, and Sarah Vaughan.
Quincy has released many soundtracks for various films including The Pawnbroker (1965), The Lost Man (1969), and The Split (2009). He has also released several singles such as Soul Bossa Nova, Stuff Like That, and You Put a Move on My Heart.
Q made his first theatrical film appearance as himself in Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002.
First TV Show
He made his TV show debut as Les Appleton in the crime drama mystery series Ironside in 1967.
Quincy Jones Favorite Things
- Legends – Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding
Source – Okay Player
Quincy Jones Facts
- Jones is an immediate descendant of Edward I of England.
- At the age of 10, Quincy moved to Bremerton in Washington along with his father and stepmother.
- During his teenage years, Q would go around playing in niche clubs and wedding gigs with his partner Ray Charles, who was a pianist /singer.
- Quincy Jones enjoys the music of artists like Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, and Dr. Dre.
- At the age of 14, he was involved in a car accident that further refrained him from learning how to drive.
- Throughout the 1950s, Quincy would write out charts for musicians such as Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Sarah Vaughan, and his old friend Ray Charles.
- In 1956, he started performing for the band Dizzy Gillespie as their music director and trumpeter in parts of south and middle-east America.
- In 1957, Q moved to Paris where he got a job at Barclay Disques, which was Mercury Records’ French distributor after he studied a great deal of composition from French composers Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen.
- In 1960, he began a social activist group to be able to support Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- In 1964, Q became the first black person to hold as high a position as being the vice president in a company, i.e. Mercury Records, which was owned by the whites.
- In 1968, Quincy Jones became the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song The Eyes of Love which was featured in the film Banning in 1967.
- In 1974, Q suffered from a brain aneurysm which turned out to be so life-threatening that his family and friends began praying for him and they even organized a memorial service for him. But, to everyone’s surprise, Quincy survived the operation and made it to his own memorial service to stand amongst everyone.
- In 1989, he won a Trustees Award for his significant contribution to the entertainment and music industry. Walt Disney and Cole Porter were also awarded the same that year.
- In September 1993, Quincy Jones founded his own music and entertainment magazine, Vibe.
- In August 1997, Q produced a comic book series, Steel, in which basketball star Shaquille O’Neal landed with the lead role as a superhero.
- In 2010, he partnered with AKG, a headphone manufacturing company, to start his own line of headphones that were labeled as Quincy Jones Signature Line.
- In 2013, Jones Jr. reserved his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- In 2015, he was honored with an honorary doctorate by the Royal Academy of Music in London.
- In 2017, he started the index QUINCY100™ with the CEO of Iconicbeta, Donna Nairi, which streamed music, media, and entertainment.
- In his February 2018 interview with Vulture, Quincy spoke about John F. Kennedy’s assassination, claiming that he had strong intuitions about the Chicago mobster Sam Giancana being involved. He also blurted out some unknown secrets about Marlon Brando having intimate relationships with novelist James Baldwin, actor Richard Pryor, and singer Marvin Gaye.
- Until August 2018, Q had been nominated for 79 Academy Awards and won 29 Grammy Awards. He is also one of the 18 EGOT holders of all time.
- Visit his official website @ quincyjones.com.
- Follow Quincy Jones on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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