Born: March 14, 1933 Primary Instrument: Producer
The multitalented Quincy Jones began his remarkable career as a jazz prodigy and eventually progressed into pop music production, film, television scoring, and musical legend. He has won 25 Grammy awards, and has worked along side some of the biggest names in music. Yet Jones has managed to keep his accomplishments and prominence in perspective, maintaining a balance of passion, curiosity, and good humor that impresses his peers almost as much as do his more tangible achievements.
Born Quincy Delight Jones, in Chicago and raised in Seattle, he evinced an early aptitude for music; his mastery of the trumpet led him to bandstands with jazz ensembles by the age of 15. Of course, two years before that, he had felt sufficient confidence in his talents as an arranger to send some charts he'd done to legendary jazz bandleader Count Basie....