Quincy Jones Quotes
The climate in the '50s and '60s for black performers or black people in the entertainment business was atrocious. It was atrocious.
My father was a carpenter, a very good carpenter. He also worked for the Jones boys. They were not family members, we weren't related at all. They started the policy racket in Chicago, and they had the five and dime store.
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.
If you started in New York you were dealing with the biggest guys in the world. You're dealing with Charlie Parker and all the big bands and everything. We got more experience working in Seattle.
I was raised in Chicago and I guess that was one of the special breeding grounds for gangsters of all colors. That was the Detroit of the gangster world. The car industry was thugs.
I started imagining this whole different world. It was a society of musicians, a family I hoped I could belong to one day.
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.
Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That's the soul of a country.
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.