Quincy Jones was born in Chicago in 1933 to hardworking parents who thought life in the North would be better than the harsh and dangerously bigoted reality of South Carolina. His life in a small tenement apartment was disrupted by violent outbursts from his mother who suffered from mental illness. When Jones was ten years old, his father divorced his hospitalized mother, remarried, and moved his family to Bremerton, Washington. Jones, the only black student in his class, had no problem being accepted by his new classmates. In the school's music department, he experimented with a variety of musical instruments-the French horn, piano, tuba, violin, and trumpet-and read his teacher's music arranging books by Glenn Miller. When Quincy was fourteen, his family moved to Seattle where he played trumpet for his high school concert band. He earned seven dollars for his first musician job playing trumpet in a band formed by fellow student Charlie Taylor, which eventually played for well-known bands that toured in Seattle. As a result of that success, Jones was invited to play with famous jazz performers such as trumpeter Clark Terry, singer Billie Holliday, and pianist/bandleader Count Basie. His musical experiences read like a "who's who" of the music world. He toured Europe and the Middle East with Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie's bands, continuing to play, write, and arrange music. Jones went on to become a musical director, composer, producer, arranger for operas, motion pictures, television shows, and award-winning recordings. For his fifty-year career on the forefront of musical innovation, Jones overcame poverty, racism, and health problems. His hard work and commitment is an inspiring example for anyone interested in music. Kavanaugh presents the life of this renaissance man of music in clear, detailed, and easy-to-read language in this excellent resource for reports or music lovers. Index. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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