Multi-Grammy Winning Producer Quincy Jones to Deliver Keynote Address During South...

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Multi-Grammy Winning Producer Quincy Jones to Deliver Keynote Address During
South By Southwest Music Conference

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Impresario and multi-Grammy winning
producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones will deliver the keynote address
at the 2009 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference in Austin, TX on March
19th, 2009 it was announced today.
    A longtime humanitarian who produced and conducted the historic "We Are
The World" recording benefitting Ethiopian famine relief, Jones is expected to
discuss the power of music to influence and create positive change in the
world and the responsibility of the artist to use their craft to bring people
together for the betterment of mankind.
    Among Jones' current and upcoming projects include the recently released
book "The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions," a feature film
documentary on Brazil's annual Carnival Festival which will benefit the
victims of Hurricane Katrina and Brazil's impoverished Favelas, a bio-pic
mini-series on jazz great Louis Armstrong, a duets album with Tony Bennett and
Stevie Wonder, and a tribute album of his recordings featuring artists such as
Usher, John Legend and Amy Winehouse, among others.  He is also planning a
chain of nightclub-restaurants based on his album Q's Jook Joint, with the
first slated to open in Las Vegas in 2009.
    Named by Time Magazine as one of the six most influential Jazz artists of
the 20th Century, Quincy Jones' career has spanned six decades and encompassed
the roles of composer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record producer,
record executive, film and television producer, magazine founder, multi-media
entrepreneur and humanitarian.  As a master inventor of musical hybrids,
Quincy Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and
Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium,
including records, live performances, movies, television and magazine
    Among Quincy Jones' countless awards and accolades he is a 27 time Grammy
Award winner (the most of any living musician) and is the all-time most
nominated Grammy artist with a total of 79 nominations.  He is the recipient
of an Emmy Award; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean
Hersholt Humanitarian Award; 7 Academy Award nominations including one for
Best Picture -- only African-American producer to do so; France's highest
civilian honor the Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur; and was recognized as a
Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the
United States.  Most recently, Jones' vast contributions to music were
recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts when he was named a Jazz
Master, the nation's highest jazz honor.
Quincy Jones began his career at the age of 13 under the tutelage of
legendary Jazz artists such as lifelong friend and collaborator Ray Charles,
Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billy Holliday, Billy Eckstine, Bumps Blackwell,
Clark Terry, and Bobby Tucker.  After receiving scholarships to Seattle
University and the Schillinger House, now known as the Berklee College of
Music, Jones would move to New York where he officially began his career
touring as a trumpeter and arranger for Lionel Hampton.  It would be during
this period of his life that Jones would make his first trip abroad to Europe
where he would witness firsthand the power of music to transcend cultural and
geographical boundaries and lead him to a lifelong pursuit of international
collaborations and goodwill.
    In 1953, Jones would depart Hampton's band and begin a busy career as a
composer/arranger working with diverse artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke
Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown
and Cannonball Adderly, as well as Basie, Hampton and Charles.
    Jones would again experience music's power to build bridges in 1956 when
he was tapped by Dizzy Gillespie to serve as musical director, arranger and
trumpeter for the Gillespie Orchestra's U.S. State Department sponsored tour
tasked with bringing goodwill to troubled areas in Europe, the Middle East and
South America.  Following the tour, Jones would re-locate to Paris where he
would study with Nadia Boulanger, the legendary Parisian tutor to American
expatriate composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copeland.
    Jones won the first of his many Grammy Awards in 1963 for his Count Basie
arrangement of "I Can't Stop Loving You."  His three-year musical association
as conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra in the mid-60's also teamed him
with Basie for the classic Sinatra At The Sands, containing the famous
arrangement of "Fly Me To The Moon," the first recording played by astronaut
Buzz Aldrin when he landed upon the moon's surface in 1969.
    As producer and conductor of the historic "We Are The World" recording
(the best-selling single of all time), Michael Jackson's multi-platinum solo
albums, Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller (the best-selling album of all time),
and the multi-Grammy winning "Album of the Year" Back On The Block, Quincy
Jones stands as one of the most successful and admired creative
artist/executives in the entertainment world.
    The South By Southwest Music & Media Conference takes place March 18 - 22,
2009 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.  Quincy Jones' keynote
anchors four days of panels, interviews, workshops, peer meetings and the
trade show exhibition covering a wide variety of topics, addressing the
concerns and interests of musicians, executives and music lovers.  Daytime
events flow into the world-renowned music festival, which showcases over 1700
acts on stages throughout downtown Austin.
    For more information on SXSW or to register for the conference, please
access the website at or e-mail  For more
information on Quincy Jones, please visit
    SXSW Music Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite,
Independent Film Channel, Fuze Beverage, Sonicbids, ZonePerfect and the Austin
     For more information, contact
     Elizabeth Derczo, SXSW
     512/467-7979 ext. 209, or
     Arnold Robinson, Rogers & Cowan
     (310) 854-8100,

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Elizabeth Derczo of SXSW, +1-512-467-7979, ext. 209,; or Arnold
Robinson of Rogers & Cowan, +1-310-854-8100,, for
South By Southwest
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