"People have called me a jazz musician, but that's ludicrous. I have yet to figure out what a jazz musician is."
Shuffling pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into unique and extraordinary fusions, Quincy Jones has also been dubbed "a master inventor of musical hybrids." The list of additional titles he has garnered includes: stage performer, composer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, actor, record producer, motion picture and television producer, record company executive, magazine publisher and social activist. His remarkable versatility is paralleled only by the number of successes he has claimed.
Jones's career began with the music of the post-swing era and continues through today's multi-media digital technology in the recording, film and television worlds. First publicly recognized in the 1950s as a young trumpeter with the Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie bands, today he stands alone as the most nominated Grammy artist of all time, with 76 nominations. He has composed over 50 major motion picture and television scores, earned international acclaim as producer of the historic "We Are The World" recording (the best-selling single of all time) and produced the best-selling album in the history of the recording industry, Michael Jackson's Thriller.
After over 50 years in show business, Quincy Jones has reached the essence of many different artists, and in doing so he has reached the essence of art itself; the ability to touch people's feelings and emotions.