(LA Trend) — Join the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for their 12th annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award, honoring composer, record producer, songwriter, arranger, and film and television producer Quincy Jones. This joint event between LACMA and the L.A. Jazz Society also marks Jazz at LACMA’s 30th season of celebrating the finest jazz musicians in Los Angeles, and will feature a performance with the Quincy Jones All-Star Orchestra under the direction of John Clayton (please note that Quincy Jones will not be attending this event in person).
With a career that spans more than 70 years in the entertainment industry, Jones has 80 Grammy Award nominations, along with 28 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992.
Jones first made a name for himself in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor before working on various pop music and film scores, and would eventually go on to become the first African American, along with songwriting partner Bob Russell, to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Eyes of Love”, from the film Banning, in 1968. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his score on the 1967 film In Cold Blood, which made him the first African American to be nominated twice in the same year. This was an important time not only in Jones’ life, but also in pop culture history, as Jones was the first African American to be the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards in 1971. But of course, Jones’ accomplishments don’t stop there—he was the first African American to receive the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995, and is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the second most Academy Award-nominated African American, with seven nominations each.
Some of Jones’ other contributions to pop culture include serving as the producer on Michael Jackson’s albums Off the Wall from 1979, Thriller from 1982, and Bad from 1987; and producing and conducting the 1985 charity song, “We Are the World”, which raised funds for victims of famine in Ethiopia. Jones is also a massive figure in the world of jazz, best known for his famous recordings and arrangements for Frank Sinatra (including “Fly Me To The Moon”), the Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, and Dizzy Gillespie, in addition to his 39 recordings as a leader.
Jones was recognized for his countless creative achievements in 2013 when he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the winner, alongside Lou Adler, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, was named by Time magazine as one of the six most influential jazz artists of the 20th century, inducted as a Kennedy Center Honoree, and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Even though he’s well past the age that most people retire, Jones continues to work and produce great music, and is an active mentor to the next generation of musicians.
For this event, LACMA is dedicated to providing a safe environment for staff and visitors of all ages, including families with children who cannot be vaccinated, and has implemented new health and safety protocols, including limited capacity and advance concert tickets that must be reserved online prior to attendance.
Date and Time
Friday, September 10, 2021
6pm – 7:30pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Smidt Welcome Plaza
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Admission is free. Tickets will be available online beginning Tuesday, August 31, at 10am – click here to reserve your tickets.