We pause very briefly today to note and celebrate the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones. As posted by one of our media sponsors, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, “Happy 80th birthday to Quincy Jones (pictured at sunset concert of #JazzDay at the UN 2012). We salute Q as a man of vision and integrity and a constant advocate to spread the Gospel of Jazz. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Quincy Jones was born on March 14, 1933, in Chicago and brought up in Seattle.
“For far too long, dating back to the emergence of Jazz and the Blues, our country has treated its only indigenous music as something unworthy of value because it was born on plantations and reared in jook joints. But the power that it possessed was mighty. From the time that I first traveled abroad as a 19 year-old trumpeter with Lionel Hampton in 1951 to being the music director for Dizzy Gillespie’s State Department Tour in 1956 — the first United States sponsored goodwill tour — to the unifying power of “We Are The World” in 1985, I witnessed firsthand the transformational effects of our Gospel, Blues and Jazz, and its ability to transcend geographic and cultural boundaries.” Quincy Jones”