Qunicy's multi faceted talents led him in different directions, sheer love of music being the driving force. One area he absolutely loved was composing music for movies. His scores were used in several Hollywood films including 'The Pawnbroker' (with it's driving jazz pulse), the Oscar winning 'In The Heat Of The Night' and the gritty Steve McQueen thriller 'The Getaway'. However, it was through composing the music for a 1960's British crime comedy that he met a lifelong friend, actor Michael Caine. The film in question was 'The Italian Job' (made in 1969) and both Jones and Caine hit it off straight away. What may have helped things along was the fact that they discovered they were both born on the same day in the same year, 14th March 1933! Just another gem woven into the extraordinary career of Mr Jones.
So now Q has hit 80, and as has been his way in the past, there is no stopping him. I truly believe he only knows one direction and that's forward. He very recently sat down and gave an interview to Billboard Magazine giving his thoughts on his career to date and the many projects he has coming up. He is still eager to seek out new musical talent, wherever it may be on the planet. You can hear the still very cool and important Mr. Jones speak right here.
Also, it should be noted that although Q turned 80 on 14 March, he will be clebrating this special event all year long. Festivities begin on 14th April in Las Vegas where he will be joined by a host of stars and friends, including Michael Caine. Then on 18th April he will be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The love continues at The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (15-16 June) with a special birthday salute given by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra featuring special guest vocalist Patti Austin and flautist Hubert Laws. From here Q jumps over to Montreux, Switzerland to attend the Montreux Jazz Festival on 21th July, then hits London's Royal Opera House (again with Michael Caine) on 24th July. Unbelievably after all this travelling, Mr. Jones then does the birthday thing in Tokyo on 31st July and 1st August. As I told Quincy when I was lucky enough to meet him back in 1990 at the London premiere of his 'Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones' documentary film, "Keep doing what you're doing". I believe this is the only way he knows how to survive. Keep sharing that love