Quincy Jones Profile
Born in Chicago in 1933, Jones was educated at the Seattle University, Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory. His first important collaboration was with Lionel Hampton, for whom he arranged and played trumpet. During the 1950s Jones established himself as a top arranger through his work with Tommy Dorsey, Dinah Washington, Count Basie and other big names.
During the 1960s Jones led his own band, headed the Artist and Repertoire staff at Mercury Records and produced albums by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and others. Jones' own recording career thrived through the 1960s, but his focus started turning toward films and television after he wrote the moody, trumpet-flavored score for Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker (1964). His song "Goof Proof" was used in the Ann-Margret vehicle Made in Paris (1966), and he created the score for Cary Grant's last movie before retirement, Walk Don't Run (1966).
Notable Jones scores of the 1960s also included In the Heat of the Night (1967) and In Cold Blood (1967), for which he won an Oscar® nomination for his original music. He also was nominated for the song "Eyes of Love" from Banning (1967) and the title song to For Love of Ivy (1968).
In the 1970s, in addition to having his first gold album as a solo artist, Body Heat, Jones scored the Roots television series and was again Oscar®-nominated for his adapted song score for the film version of The Wiz (1978). The 1980s brought even more fabulous success as Jones produced Michael Jackson's three biggest albums (Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad) and founded his own Quest Records. As a producer of the film and a contributor to its score, Jones received three more Oscar® nominations for The Color Purple (1985).
Jones, who received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2001, continues to be a vital force in popular music.
The films in TCM's salute to Quincy Jones are The Pawnbroker (1964), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Slender Thread (1965), $ (1971 akaDollars) and The Italian Job (1969).
by Roger Fristoe