This hour-long, one-on-one interview program provided a unique and insightful look at the life and career of music mogul Quincy Jones. Taped live in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium on Thursday, September 27, 2007, this program was the thirteenth in The HistoryMakers’ An Evening With... series. Television journalist, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, Gwen Ifill interviewed the legendary Quincy Jones. This special program included live musical performances by Lesley Gore, BeBe Winans, James Ingram, Bobby McFerrin and Herbie Hancock.
In the interview, Quincy shared his life story including growing up in Chicago, establishing a musical career in Seattle, working with music greats such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson and his career as a film and television producer, composer, record company executive, magazine founder and multimedia entrepreneur.
An Evening With Quincy Jones was a celebration of Quincy’s life and career that has spanned over six decades.
An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones’ career includes the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, multimedia entrepreneur and humanitarian. His multitude of awards include an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and twenty-seven Grammy Awards. Quincy Jones is the all-time most nominated Grammy artist with a total of seventy-nine nominations. He was inducted as a Kennedy Center Honoree, America’s most prestigious artistic award, for his lifetime contributions to the culture of the country. He is also the recipient of the Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur.
Quincy Jones' autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, made The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers lists. Released by Doubleday Publishing, the critically acclaimed biography retells Jones’ life story from his days as an impoverished youth on the South Side of Chicago through a massively impressive career in music, film and television where he worked beside legends such as Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson, among many others. In conjunction with the autobiography, Rhino Records released a four CD boxed set of Jones’ music, spanning his more than five decade career in the music business, entitled Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones.
Pioneering journalist Gwen Ifill was born in Queens, New York in 1955. After earning her B.A. degree in Communications from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1977, she was hired by The Boston Herald American in the midst of the city’s notorious busing crisis. After joining the Baltimore Evening Sun, she moved to covering national politics. In 1984, Ifill was hired by The Washington Post; and in 1991, she became the White House correspondent for The New York Times. In 1994, she was named the chief congressional correspondent for NBC, and in 1999, she became the moderator of PBS’ Washington Week in Review, as well as a correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In October of 2004, Ifill became the first African American woman to moderate a vice presidential debate. Her first book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, was published in 2009.
In 2011, Ifill served as the moderator for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of more than a dozen honorary doctorates and several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from the National Press Foundation, Ebony magazine, the Radio Television News Directors Association, and American Women in Radio and Television. Ifill also interviewed Diahann Carroll, Quincy Jones, Eartha Kitt and Smokey Robinson for The HistoryMakers annual PBS-TV An Evening With…series.
Ifill passed away in 2016.
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