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Quincy Jones is a musical pioneer with more than 50 years in the music business. He has worked with artists from Ray Charles to Michael Jackson, and is known for his many talents as a skilled composer, arranger television producer, magazine publisher, bandleader, artist, Jazz musician and acclaimed producer.
Quincy Jones was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago IL, and raised in Seattle WA. At the age of 12 he sang in a gospel quartet and began studying the trumpet. He continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston until he had the opportunity to tour with Lionel Hampton’s band as a trumpeter. From there his career took off and he became known for his musical arrangements, recordings, and started working with a variety of artist. Throughout his career Quincy has won numerous awards. He has been nominated for more than 70 Grammy’s and has received Grammys in several categories including Album of The Year, for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Record of The Year, for “We are The World”, a charity recording for famine relief in Ethiopia. Today Quincy is still working and having an influence on music world wide. His latest project was producing “Bokra” (which means tomorrow) an Arabic Charity single and album that features twenty four artists from sixteen Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa. The single is doing very well and in December was number one across music stores in the Middle East. All sales from the single and album will go to charities and to finance education programs in music, arts & humanities for children across the Middle East and North Africa.
WEAA is happy to Present Kirk Whalum’s Romance Language as our Album of The Month. This is Whalum’s nineteenth recorded album and his work continues to captivate fans through his smooth sax playing and harmonious records. Romance Language is a remake of the 1963 Jazz album by John Coltrane a legendary saxophonist and Johnny Hartman an American bass Jazz singer. They created their own renditions of songs such as “Lush Life,” and “My One and Only Love” that inspired Kirk to follow in their footsteps and do the same. With help from his brother Kevin Whalum, who did an excellent job delivering vocals, Kirk was able to produce ten intriguing love songs that capture the same level of romance as the original and added his own elegant style that makes his rendition of Romance Language a worth wild investment.
The Minnesota natives Sounds of Blackness release their tenth studio effort the self-titled project “The Sounds of Blackness” on Malaco records. It features the lead single “Fly Again” and marks the Grammy Award winning groups 40th anniversary. The CD focuses on a wide range of topics including reconciliation and healing. Gary Hines the group’s leader explains ”Music is God’s perfect form of communication, because what comes from the heart reaches the heart and what comes from the soul reaches the soul and what comes from the spirit reaches the spirit.” Since 1971, Sounds of Blackness have performed recorded and proclaimed the music, culture and history of African Americans to audiences around the world. They have embraced and presented many genres of music associated with Black Americans from Jazz, Blues, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Reggae, Ragtime, Spirituals, and Work songs. On three occasions, Sounds of Blackness has performed for audiences of over one billion people: the Opening Ceremonies of the 1994 World Cup, the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships. The group has performed at the White House on five separate occasions. WEAA is proud to present The Sounds Of Blackness during Black History Month.