January 13, 2005 |
Music producers Quincy Jones and Jermaine Dupri say the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia has prompted them to postpone recording "We Are the Future," an update of the 1985 benefit song "We Are the World." "The timing is not right for us to record a song about the future when so many people have lost their lives," Dupri said in a statement. Jones and Dupri had planned to record the new song on Feb. 14 as an after-party recording session following the Grammy Awards, which will be presented Feb.
May 10, 2004 |
Maybe once or twice a decade, there is a pop music moment so culturally pervasive that it feels like the microphone cord was attached directly to our collective memory banks. "We Are the World" was one, and the historic potency of that all-star 1985 effort for famine relief (it pulled in $63 million for the cause) still echoes in the mind of Quincy Jones, a key architect of the superstar project.
March 23, 2004 |
Quincy Jones is hoping to draw about 1 million people and a global television audience with an all-star concert May 16 in Rome aimed at easing the suffering of children in violence-racked parts of the world. Among the participants confirmed for "We Are the Future," which echoes the title of the "We Are the World" all-star charity single Jones produced in 1985, are Norah Jones, Jay-Z, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, LL Cool J, Josh Groban and the casts of "Stomp" and Cirque du Soleil.
HOME & GARDEN
November 20, 2003
Architect A. Quincy Jones (1917-1979) devoted much of his postwar career to creating a middle ground between custom-built and developer-built homes. A cooperative group, the Mutual Housing Assn., hired him as part of a three-man team to design modest-sized homes for returning servicemen. Approximately 160 of their houses, based on eight models, were built in the Crestwood Hills area of Brentwood.
August 8, 2003
Grammy-winning musician-producer-arranger Quincy Jones will help organize a Legends of Los Angeles Pop concert slated for New Year's Eve to be held downtown, Billboard reports. The concert is part of efforts to revitalize the downtown area and will involve multiple stages with various performers, none of whom has been confirmed. "We hope the acts will appeal to a broad range of age groups," said Carol Schatz, president of organizing group the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.
December 26, 2001 |
With so many performers on hand, it's no surprise that "The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Arts" has a showman's sense of saving the best for last. Unfortunately, tonight's telecast (9 p.m. CBS) saves the worst for first. To be sure, the honors are a distinguished celebration of performing artists' achievements. This, the 24th annual presentation, recognizes Jack Nicholson, Van Cliburn, Julie Andrews, Luciano Pavarotti and Quincy Jones.
October 21, 2001 |
If Quincy Jones' life could be arranged as a score, it would be one of those crowded, thunder and lightning charts Lionel Hampton preached about--"I want those pages dark! A lot of notes," he'd implore, sending young arrangers like Jones back to pages, sweating and scheming. Jones took it to heart: He either never forgot or never knew any other way to live. For five decades, Jones has been filling those lines, pages and pages of them, in major and minor keys.
March 22, 2001 |
Warner Music Group is shuttering Quincy Jones' Qwest Records as part of a corporate-wide restructuring, sources said Wednesday. Warner will purchase the 50% of the Los Angeles-based company it doesn't own and immediately lay off at least 15 of the money-losing label's 17 employees, sources said. Rock band New Order and Jones himself will be folded into the Warner Bros. roster, but half a dozen other acts are expected to be dropped from the label, sources said.