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An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, QUINCY JONES has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, and multi-media entrepreneur. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television.
The laurels, awards, and accolades have been innumerable: Jones has won an Emmy Award for his score of the opening episode of the landmark TV miniseries, Roots, seven Oscar nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy awards, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' prestigious Trustees' Award and Grammy Living Legend Award. He is the all-time most nominated Grammy artist with a total of 79 Grammy nominations.
Jones won the first of those 27 Grammys in 1963 for his Count Basie arrangement of "I Can't Stop Loving You." His three-year musical association as conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra in the mid-60s also teamed him with Basie for the classic Sinatra at the Sands, containing the famous arrangement of "Fly Me to the Moon," the first recording played by astronaut Buzz Aldrin when he landed upon the moon's surface in 1969.