Killer Joe

Quincy Jones Big Band

Tokyo, 1981

Multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and producer Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois.

Jones started playing piano at age 5, encouraged by a neighbor that owned a piano. At age 14 he met 16 year old Ray Charles, who inspired him to play music and became a lifelong friend.

In high school Jones started playing trumpet, and formed a band with classmates for which he arranged and composed music.

Jones attended Berkelee College of Music on scholarship, but dropped out to join Lionel Hampton’s orchestra.

He toured, recorded and arranged for Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and countless others.

Jones has also composed 33 musical scores for film, produced albums such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” composed themes for TV shows like The Bill Cosby Show, won 27 Grammys, and worked as an activist supporting African American music and art.

Following a move to New York he worked on commission arranging songs for artists including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Sarah Vaughan.

Quincy began his long production career in 1964 when he became the vice president of Mercury Records.

The “Quincy Jones Big Band” perform “Killer Joe” in Tokyo, Japan in 1981.

Personnel includes:

Quincy Jones, director & arranger
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Jerome Richardson, flute
Pete Christlieb, tenor sax
Louis Johnson, bass