As his 90th birthday celebration approaches at the Hollywood Bowl, Quincy Jones takes time to reflect on his illustrious legacy. In a recent interview with Variety, the VIBE co-founder reminisces about collaborating with legendary artists, his storied career, and the upcoming concert in his honor.
“There will never be another Miles, Basie, Ellington, Dizzy, Sinatra, Ella, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, or Michael [Jackson], to name a few of the greats that I’ve worked with,” the legendary producer emphasized.
Offering advice to aspiring artists, Jones urges them to learn from the rich history of those who came before them, using it as a foundation to find their own voice. He believes this process ensures the continuity and evolution of music’s legacy.
Reflecting on his work with Michael Jackson and their unprecedented success with albums like Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad, Jones acknowledges the magnitude of their achievements, appreciating the amazing journey they undertook together.
Discussing the ‘Quincy Jones 90th Birthday Tribute: A Musical Celebration’ set to take place at the Hollywood Bowl, he expresses excitement and emotion, knowing and loving all the artists on the lineup. The event, spanning two days, features performances by H.E.R., Jennifer Hudson, Samara Joy, BJ The Chicago Kid, Patti Austin, Angélique Kidjo, and more. Although Tori Kelly was also billed to perform, her recent hospitalization due to blood clots has affected her appearance in the celebration.