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Five minutes of wisdom from Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones needs no introduction as a music legend. With 27 Grammys and music achievements that span across genre, race, generations and continents, he redefines the word legend.

Starting in the industry at aged 14, Jones recalls the start of his career working with the ‘founders of American music’, such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett and of course Michael Jackson.

As the innovator in the art of producing music, it is interesting to hear him say that when he started producing music, he ‘didn’t know what producing meant’. As an arranger, the journey to being a producer includes the ‘thousands of things’, people skills and life skills that makes a producer a great producer.

Jones touches on the influence of technology (Namingly ProTools) in music production and he makes the simple and profound statement, ‘if you don’t understand your craft, YOU are working for the machines’. He goes on to advise, ‘work hard to learn your craft’.

In summary, Quincy Jones is a creative master of music production. Thanks and credit goes to the people at Billboard.com for honoring the man, producing this video and sharing his wisdom with the masses.

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About Jomar Reyes

Jomar Lectures in Creative Industries as well as Digital Media in Marketing at the Danish Institute of Studies Abroad. He also runs the Strategic Media Company, a corporate consultancy agency based in Copenhagen.


5 thoughts on “Five minutes of wisdom from Quincy Jones

  1. Just a (small) quibble – if he needs no introduction then why go on to introduce him.

    Little known (or at least by me) was that Quincy did the score for the 1969 film “The Italian Job” – and the song “get a bloomin move on mate” was inspired by an inebriated Michael Caine singing “my old man’s a dustman” over and over.


    Posted by ppettersen | 8 December, 2010, 10:17 am
  2. Thanks Mr PPetersen! Thanks for the quibble! The Italian Job is a classic (And as we’ve discussed before a mutual favorite).

    Interesting website too.

    Posted by jomar | 28 December, 2010, 9:30 pm
  3. What an absolutely amazing career Quincy Jones has had. In this day and age it may take the lifetimes of multiple world-renowned music producer’s to equal the caliber of talent that he has worked with in the past 60+ years.

    Hats off to one of the greats! Thank you for the post.

    Damon Cisneros

    Posted by Music Production | 24 March, 2011, 5:31 am


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