Quotes by: Quincy Jones

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Every country can be defined through their food, their music and their language. That's the soul of a country.
Quincy Jones
I never cared about money or fame, and I don't care now. I follow the groove, and money always follows.
Quincy Jones
Bebop and hip-hop, in so many ways, they're connected. A lot of rappers remind me so much of bebop guys in terms of improvisation, beats and rhymes. My dream is to see hip-hop incorporated in education. You've got the youth of the world in the palm of your hand.
Quincy Jones
Cherish your mistakes, and you won't keep making them over and over again. It's the same with heartbreaks and girls and everything else. Cherish them, and they'll put some wealth in you.
Quincy Jones
When you work with Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra, and you tell them to jump without a net, you better know what you're talking about. Thank God I was ready for it.
Quincy Jones
When you produce an album, you're dealing with it theatrically. It has to have a structure, and the inner response to that is that the ear loves it.
Quincy Jones
I'm Pisces with Leo rising. The Pisces part is the dreamer. The Leo says, 'Let's execute.'
Quincy Jones
I travel like a maniac. I travel more than anyone I know. I love learning the languages.
Quincy Jones
To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.
Quincy Jones
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.
Quincy Jones
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.
Quincy Jones
A great song can make a terrible singer sound good, but a good singer - you put a great song on top of that, you're really in great shape!
Quincy Jones
Frank Sinatra took me to a whole new planet. I worked with him until he passed away in '98. He left me his ring. I never take it off. Now, when I go to Sicily, I don't need a passport. I just flash my ring.
Quincy Jones
I have all the tools and gadgets. I tell my son, who's a producer, 'You never work for the machine; the machine works for you.'
Quincy Jones
China's got a billion people and a hit record over there is a million records. You know that ain't right.
Quincy Jones
After I learned the piano, I went on to learn percussion, the tuba, b-flat baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, most of the instruments in the orchestra. Trumpet was my instrument.
Quincy Jones
Sidney Poitier and Sidney Lumet were instrumental in helping me get started as the first black composer to get name credit for movie scores.
Quincy Jones
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.
Quincy Jones
I'm never in my life going to do a record that's a tribute to myself. I don't need it.
Quincy Jones
I went with Lionel Hampton for three years. Out of that came a trip to Europe.
Quincy Jones
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