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By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I never felt like that in my life. I didn't know human beings played these instruments. I heard them in Chicago and Louisville and St. Louis all my life, you know? But I didn't know human beings played them, you know? So the next day I went to Coontz Junior High School and I started on sousaphone, tuba, B-flat baritone, E-flat alto, French horn, trombone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

What happens when you get a big break and you haven't prepared yourself? That becomes the biggest mistake you've ever made. I see it happen all the time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Benny [Carter] opened the eyes of a lot of producers and studios, so that they could understand that you could go to blacks for other things outside of blues and barbecue. He's a total musician. He was the pioneer, he was the foundation. He made it possible for that doubt to be taken away.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

Not one ounce of my self worth depends on your acceptance of me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Hell, nobody knows where jazz is going to go. There may be a kid right now in Chitlin Switch, Georgia, who is going to come along and upset everybody.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I go to the favelas in Brazil. It's the same in the South Side of Chicago. It's the same, or just more violent. We're trying to get them to stop selling dope. You see kids with AK-47s, and nine-year-olds with nine millimeters. You know, they don't play. They make us look like nuns.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

A lot of the guys were like that - Oscar Pettiford - they just took me under their wing, and that's why I automatically help young people. I just love it, because they did that for me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

I was reading Omar Khayyam, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, L. Ron Hubbard, all sorts of philosophy. Bebop cats are like that. Curious. I wanted to know about everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

I've met every freak in the business.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Communications are making this one world. Back in the day, 400-500 years ago, nobody knew what anyone else was doing. It's on the 6 O'Clock news now. Now we can say, Oh, that's the way they live. Oh, they do that!! Opportunities, the chance to bring about change, it's all based on communication. Communication and jet planes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

You can study orchestration, you can study harmony and theory and everything else, but melodies come straight from God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Im probably the only one in the world you can name thats worked with Billie Holiday, Louie Armstrong, Ella, Duke, Miles, Dizzy, Ray Charles, Aretha, Michael Jackson, rappers. Fly Me to the Moon was played on the moon by Buzz Aldrin. Sinatra. Paul Simon. Tony Bennett. Im the only one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

You want your parents to say, "Hey, I'm proud of you." When you don't hear that, you learn to compensate. You say, "Hell, I don't need their approval. If I get my music right, I'll have everyone else's approval." I didn't understand it then, but I now know that's what happened to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I got a scholarship to Seattle University and I was writing arrangements for singers and everybody. But the music course was too dry and I really wanted to get away from home.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

My dream is to put together a performance of the evolution of black music with Cirque du Soleil . I would also like to do street opera and children's books. But even as I work toward these things, I want to simplify my life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

The relationship with a producer and an artist is really special. It's got to be love and respect, amazing mutual respect for each other, because that's what makes a good record.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Billy Strayhorn wrote Multicolored Blue. Billy to me is the boss of the arrangers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

Music was the one thing I could control. It was the one world that offered me freedom. When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared. I didnt have to search for answers. The answers lay no further than the bell of my trumpet and my scrawled, pencilled scores. Music made me full, strong, popular, self-reliant and cool.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Eight kids and a stepmother, and I just wanted to be out of there and so when I got a scholarship from Boston to the Schillinger House, which is now the Berklee School of Music, I couldn't wait to get out of there.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block - it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America - every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Every day, my daddy told me the same thing. 'Once a task is just begun, never leave it till it's done. Be the labour great or small, do it well or not at all.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

Prince.. a true artist in every sense of the world.Gone way too soon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

There's power in the collective. If you don't believe me, just watch a symphony orchestra with a conductor and 120 people who are thinking about exactly the same thing at the same moment - no babies, no stock markets, no mortgages. Just 32nd notes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

The climate in the '50s and '60s for black performers or black people in the entertainment business was atrocious. It was atrocious.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

I went with Lionel Hampton for three years. Out of that came a trip to Europe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

My daddy was a carpenter that worked with the Jones boys, who are the most notorious in America. The black gangsters, you know, they were no joke. And he was their master carpenter. He used to build their homes, and all I saw when I was 11 years old were dead bodies and tommy guns and stogies, and backrooms, you know, Drexel Wine and Liquor, with the big piles of money underneath.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

It's very freaky in Chicago.There's something in the water there, I don't know what it is. But the actual word Chicago means, in the Indian language, garlic. It was just garlic and mosquitoes there. And that is the roughest city on the planet, and I been to every place in the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

China's got a billion people and a hit record over there is a million records. You know that ain't right.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I'm a tremendous believer and supporter in hip-hop and rap.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

My grandmother had this high-tech security system - a rusty nail she used to lock the door.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

The people who make it to the top - whether they're musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos - are addicted to their calling ... [they] are the ones who'd be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren't being paid.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quincy Jones

We got into all the trouble you could ever imagine. We figured that if the Jones boys and all the gangsters ran Chicago, we had our own territory now. All the stores, all the crime, we were in charge of everything, my stepbrother and my brother.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

It has been proven time and time again in countless studies that students who actively participate in arts education are twice as likely to read for pleasure, have strengthened problem-solving and critical thinking skills, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

I've been driven all my life by a spirit of adventure and a criminal level of optimism. I believed in my dreams because they were my only option. The people who make it to the top are addicted to their calling. You have to honor the gift God has given you. The people who get the call are the ones who'd be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren't being paid.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

It was messed up, because in 1947 my family moved to Seattle and I had to get up at 5:00 o'clock in the morning to catch the ferry back to Bremerton every morning because I was Boys Club president.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Quincy Jones

Well, listen, anger doesn't get anything done, so you have to find out: How do you make it work? That's why I was always maniacal about transforming every problem into a puzzle which I can solve. I can solve a puzzle—a problem just stresses me out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I guess hip-hop has been closer to the pulse of the streets than any music we've had in a long time. It's sociology as well as music, which is in keeping with the tradition of black music in America.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

Making a record is like painting a school bus with a toothbrush

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That's the soul of a country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I learned real early why God gave us two ears and one mouth, because you're supposed to listen twice as much as you talk.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I'm just a musician and a record producer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

After every war, there was a significant change in the music, and I can understand how that happened. If you participate in protecting the country, you think you can be part of it, but you come back home and it's worse than ever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quincy Jones

I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because its not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quincy Jones

I started imagining this whole different world. It was a society of musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day.