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TCM to Honor Quincy Jones with Night-Long Tribute Marathon

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 18, 2014 at 12:49PM

Quincy Jones, the one-of-a-kind music legend with a record 79 Grammy nominations (and 27 wins), is due to be honored this month by Turner Classic Movies in an all-night tribute to the composer and producer.
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Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones, the one-of-a-kind music legend with a record 79 Grammy nominations (and 27 wins), is due to be honored this month by Turner Classic Movies in an all-night tribute to the composer and producer.

On Monday, June 30, 81-year-old Jones and TCM personality Robert Osborne will host an evening of films that showcase Jones's scores. Starting with Sidney Lumet's 1965 "The Pawnbroker"--Jones's very first job as a film composer--the evening will also feature the Sidney Poitier/Anne-Bancroft starrer "The Slender Thread," best picture winner "In the Heat of the Night," the original "Italian Job" and "$ (Dollars)."

From 8 p.m. Eastern to 4:15 a.m. the next morning, fans of Quincy Jones will be treated to an entire evening of the composer's music.

Over the course of his career, Jones composed 33 major motion picture scores, as well as the theme music for TV shows like "The Bill Cosby Show" and "Ironside."  During the 1960s, he worked as an arranger with some of the biggest names in American music, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan. Jones was recently accepted a Life Achievement Award from Seattle International Film Festival, which showed his moving film "Keep on Keepin' On," starring trumpeter Clark Terry, mentor to blind pianist Justin Kauflin, which took home the audience award for best documentary.

Below, take a listen to Jones's "On Days Like These," from "The Italian Job."

This article is related to: Quincy Jones, TCM, Sound and Score


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.