Quincy Jones

The music industry has always been this sort of perverted gateway for the bastardization of the black culture while a white man profits. Because of this and in light of recent events, I wanted to use Mondays in February as my sort of positive protest. I want to highlight a different successful black musician and what they’ve done to be a positive role model, how they’ve given back to the community and sometimes their ancestry. Being a white girl, I can’t say I necessarily understand everything about dealing with racism or have the best idea to solve it, but I personally want to stay positive and focus on the good in people so that’s why you’ll see these posts coming up.

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.


Quincy was born on the South Side of Chicago in 1933 to Quincy Delight Jones, Sr. and Sarah Frances Jones (née Wells). Both his maternal and paternal grandmothers were slaves, his paternal from Louisville and maternal from Kentucky.

With the help of the author Alex Haley in 1972 and Mormon researchers in Salt Lake City, Jones discovered that his mother’s ancestors included James Lanier, a relative of Sidney Lanier, the poet. Jones said in an interview, “He had a baby with my great-grandmother [a slave], and my grandmother was born there [on a plantation in Kentucky]. We traced this all the way back to the Laniers, same family as Tennessee Williams”. Learning that the Lanier immigrant ancestors were French Huguenot refugees, who had court musicians among their ancestors, Jones attributed some of his musicianship to them.

For the 2006 PBS television program, African American Lives, Jones had his DNA tested and genealogists researched his family history again. His DNA admixture revealed he is predominately African with 34% European in ancestry, found on both sides of his family. Research showed that he has Welsh, English, French and Italian ancestry, with European ancestry in his direct patrilineal line. Through his direct matrilineal line, he is of West African/Central African ancestry of Tikar descent, a people centered in present-day Cameroon and known for their music.


Jones’s social activism began in the 1960s with his support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Where do we go from there?

  • One of the founders of the Institute for Black American Music (IBAM)
  • One of the founders of the Black Arts Festival in his hometown of Chicago
  • In the 1970s Jones formed The Quincy Jones Workshops which educated and honed the skills of inner city youth in musicianship, acting and songwriting
  • Founder of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation
  • Helped launch the We Are the Future (WAF) project which is the result of a strategic partnership between the Global Forum, the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, and Hani Masri, with the support of the World Bank, UN agencies and major companies.
  • Serves on the Advisory Board of HealthCorps
  • In 2001, Jones became an honorary member of the board of directors of The Jazz Foundation of America, working to save the homes and the lives of America’s elderly jazz and blues musicians, including those who survived Hurricane Katrina
  • Worked with his friend John Sie, founder of Liberty Starz, to create the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Jones supports a number of other charities including the NAACP, GLAAD, Peace Games, AmfAR and The Maybach Foundation. Jones. On July 26, 2007, he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. But with the election of Barack Obama, Quincy Jones said that his next conversation “with President Obama [will be] to beg for a secretary of arts,”. This prompted the circulation of a petition on the Internet asking Obama to create such a Cabinet-level position in his administration.

On top of all of this, Quincy has also received so many awards, if I were to list them, it would be way to much. I still have to get to one of his singles after all! So, rather than read my copied and pasted (yes, even the pictures) from Wikipedia information, hop on over yourself to see his list of awards HERE.


Side One

The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)

Side Two

 The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)

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