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Quincy Jones

Child of Chicago, Quincy Jones was born in miserable conditions, on March 14th 1933.

In the beginning of the ‘50ies, Quincy starts playing Jazz en stage. He becomes a trumpet player and joins Lionel Hampton, touring with him in Europe with the great stars then, such as Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce and Alan Dwason. He overtakes the musical direction of Dizzie Gillespie’s, starts a long-lasting collaboration and friendship with Ray Charles and, in 56, records a first album solo called This Is How I Feel About Jazz. The album meets great success and shall represent the beginning of the unbelievable career of Quincy Jones as a Jazzman. Until the 90's, Quincy Jones records a huge quantity of albums, amongst them This Is How I Feel which comes out in 84, and he continues producing numerous Jazz references such as Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennet. Then arrives the planetary success with the production of Michael Jackson’s record album Thriller. And Quincy is not afraid to go even through Rap…

Quincy Jones has left his mark in the history of the Montreux Jazz Festival as co-producer of the 1991 to 1993 editions. He also directed a concert at the 1996 edition and hosted a workshop in 2007.

Quincy Jones was the honoured guest star on Monday July 14th, 2008, at The Stravinsky Music Hall. The Festival brought up a Gala Concert Night, celebrating the 75 years of the American genius. More than 20 very famous artists were on stage and sang songs composed or arranged by the musician/producer Quincy Jones: Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Petula Clark, Angélique Kidjo and Nana Mouskouri were happy to pay tribute. Only 2’800 very lucky people got a ticket for this exceptional music night prepared for month by Claude Nobs. Upon the concert’s ending Claude Nobs donated a cheque of 50,000 dollars to Quincy Jones’s charity “Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation”. These funds were reaped from the main rehearsal’s ticket sale revenue, which took place on the afternoon of the concert and was open to the public.

Friday, June 29, 2018, as part of the opening night of the 52nd Montreux Jazz Festival at the Petit Palais (now "House of Jazz" during the Festival), For his 85th anniversary and in gratitude for his commitment to the Festival, Quincy Jones was twice honored :

The Montreux Municipality gave him the Montreux Recognition Medal and one of the 2m2c Congress Center hall was named "Quincy Jones Hall".

Barbara Riley donated a bronze statue of Quincy Jones in the legendary musician’s honour and for which many celebrities were present at the Montreux Palace’s garden Tuesday July 15th, 2008.

Quincy Jones, 2008, Sculpture by Nabil Souaki, offered by Barbara J. Riley is located in the Garden of the Montreux-Palace.

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