Quincy Jones honored as Montreux Jazz Competition kicks off
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Quincy Jones, the legendary American music producer, was honored on Friday on the Montreux Jazz Competition, the annual occasion the place he served as co-director within the 1990s and continues to be a daily characteristic.
Jones, 85, acquired a medal and silver plaque from the Swiss lakeside metropolis stating corridor had been renamed after him because the two-week pageant kicked off with a live performance by John Cale.
“Man, it sure feels be good to be back in my second home. It feels like family, it is family,”, Jones, who has 27 Grammys, informed the group on the Home of Jazz, a brand new venue for 600.
“My soul is smiling,” he stated, sporting a blue baseball cap marked ‘University of the Hood’, whereas seated after being escorted into the room in a wheelchair.
“Montreux has always been the Rolls Royce of all festivals, I tell everybody in the world,” Jones stated.
Jack White, Nick Cave and Jamie Cullum be a part of Large Assault and punk icon Iggy Pop on the 52nd version of the pageant, the place the eclectic line-up additionally consists of hip hop and digital music, the organizers stated in April.
Jones – producer of Michael Jackson’s best-selling album ‘Thriller’ in 1982 – served as co-producer with pageant founder Claude Nobs from 1991-93, bringing Miles Davis and others to the famed stage.
“He is a great ambassador of jazz music,” pageant director Mathieu Jaton informed the viewers.
Laurent Wehrli, mayor of Montreux, informed Jones: “For your information, we have not given a medal like this in 10 years. Claude has his medal too.”
Jones is because of host a night for jazz aficionados on July eight with musicians together with Robert Glasper, adopted by a late-night jam session anticipated to go on into the early hours.
Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay