The Dynamic Film Music of Quincy Jones

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Quincy Jones at at Vanity Fair Party Tribeca Film Festival 2011. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The multifaceted Quincy Jones isn't just the producer of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and a great jazz arranger. Like many significant American composers including Aaron Copland and Philip Glass, Jones studied in Paris with famed musical pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. The character and subtlety of Jones' compositions are effectively displayed in his inventive film scores.

David Garland presents an overview of Quincy Jones' movie music, including highlights from "The Color Purple," "The Italian Job," "In the Heat of the Night," "In Cold Blood," "Mirage," and more.

Comments [2]

Tom Mitchell

Thank you sooo much for this very interesting Quincy Jones program. I bought one of his very first products as a NYC kid in 1957, the Jazz band LP "This Is How I Feel About Jazz", which is still an old reliable favorite in my collection, untouched by time. But I didn't follow him much when he "went West", so I was knocked out by the music you played. I'd heard some of it in watching movies, but hadn't Identified it as Quincy Jones' products.

Did a little searching on Amazon et al, and it seem hard to find anthologies of his film scores in a few CD's. Too bad.

Feb. 02 2013 10:06 PM

Roger Sessions did NOT study with Nadia Boulanger. He did initially go to study with her, but after spending a few hours with her, realized she had nothing to offer him and went on to Berlin. He did, however, remain friends with her for life.

Feb. 02 2013 09:30 PM

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