Thursday, November 07, 2013

Jazz giant jives to different tunes

An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, the career of Quincy Jones [seen above] has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian.. Quincy Jones has been nominated for a record 79 Grammys and won more Grammys than any living musician (27). He produced the best-selling album of all-time (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) & the best-selling single of all-time (We Are the World) and has produced, composed, conducted, arranged or performed on more than 400 albums... With a long history of humanitarian work which began in the 1960’s and 70’s, Jones was one of the key supporters of Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH. In 1985, he pioneered the model of using celebrity to raise money and awareness for a cause with “We Are the World...” - Qunicy Jones official website

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change. Our mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world... We are dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless - Rainbow PUSH website

The Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 is honouring the lifelong artistic contribution of Qunicy Jones the legendary American producer, composer, musician, and music mogul... Quincy Jones, who is currently in the UAE to present Dubai Music Week with the Global Gumbo Group (G3), said: “I am extremely proud that my work in the region is helping to hone and nurture the music and creative development of such a culturally rich and talented nation. I am honoured to have received a certificate of appreciation, and very much look forward to returning to the region to accept my award and enjoy the Festival in 2014” - Abu Dhabi Festival website

The human rights situation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) worsened in 2012 as authorities arbitrarily detained and deported civil society activists, and harassed and intimidated their lawyers. In September, an independent monitor found significant problems in the treatment of migrant workers on the high-profile Saadiyat Island project in Abu Dhabi, identifying the payment of illegal recruitment fees as a key concern - Human Rights Watch
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