With the last name Jones, there’s no question that success is literally right around the corner, at least that’s true in Hollywood. Quincy Jones is a multi-platinum record-winning producer, and has everything to show for it—including his family. While it may seem like a magic trick, as the Chicago-born legend spent much of his career traveling from country to country, he still made time to play father every now and then to his seven children—Jolie, Martina, Quincy III (QDIII), Kadida, Rashida, Rachel and Kenya.
All seven children didn’t walk behind their father into the walls of a recording studio, but they certainly found their way in and around Tinseltown. From super producer to super model, the Jones’ kids have pretty much done it all. And with their credits continually showing up on scores, albums, print ads and films, they’re not planning on stopping anytime soon. Leave it to this family, and they’ll be walking in space!
The Eldest Jones Heir
Jolie Jones Levine is not only Quincy Jones’ first daughter; she’s his first child. Born from his first marriage to high school sweetheart Jeri Caldwell, the eldest Jones followed in the path of her father diving head first into the world of music. Enamored by mellifluous sounds, Jolie became a jazz vocalist, creating quite the catalog over the years.
After Quincy’s first marriage came to an end, he found himself in the arms of fashion model, actress and songwriter, Ulla Andersson. During a seven-year union, the couple produced two children, the first being Martina Jones. While Martina didn’t take after her half-sister or father and go into music, but she did take after her mother and made her way to the runway. Then, in 1994, the leggy model found herself posing for Playboy in the March 1994 issue.
One Name: QDIII
Quincy Jones III, better known to the entertainment world as QD3, is the second child of Ulla and Quincy. As the legendary music producer’s only son, QD3 had no problem becoming his father’s mini me. While he was born in London, little Quincy grew up in Sweden where he first acquired his love for hip-hop touring as a break dancer. He eventually started producing records for local groups and earned his first gold record by 16.
Quincy later moved to New York to pursue a career in music, and has clearly never looked back. Over the years he’s produced records for Ice Cube, Tupac, LL Cool J, Prince, Queen Latifah and the list goes on. While there’s no question his father influenced his career, QDIII can’t go without thanking Dr. Dre for bringing him into Ruthless records—when they existed—and helping breakout into a business that may have never been the same without him.
More Than ‘Pac’s Fiancée
Many people know Kidada Jones as the woman slated to marry Tupac Shakur just before he passed—which is true—but her names stems beyond that of a would-have-been marriage license. Kidada, Quiny’s 4th child and 1st daughter of he and 3rd wife, Peggy Lipton, decided to go through every door her parents’ names could open.
At the beginning of her career, Kidada began working as a stylist for Vibe magazine—when her father owned it—and became known throughout the industry to for her keen clothing abilities when she styled Michael Jackson for the cover of the urban mag. Her style sense eventually landed her several modeling jobs, and put her in publications such as Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She also dabbled in the acting world for a few years, making cameos in films such as Black and White (1999) and Proud (2004).
Don’t You Just Love Parks and Recreation?
Rashida Jones is the ultimate starlet in the making. Like her sister, Kidada, Hollywood fell in love the first time they saw the California-born entertainment heiress. Rashida graduated from Harvard University in 1997, and hit the ground running the moment she walked across the stage. That same year, the now famed Parks and Recreation actress made her first television appearance in The Last Don, a TV mini-series. Over the next few years, Rashida acquired several film and television roles, it wasn’t until 2000 that she landed her first recurring role on a major network TV show—Boston Public (no longer airing).
Since then, the Los Angeles-bred actress starred in her fair share of Blockbuster hits including Little Black Book (2004), I Love You, Man (2009) and Our Idiot Brother (2011), and made her way back to television starring on The Office and now reigns on Parks and Recreation.
The Other Jones
Rachel Jones is the daughter of a short-lived affair her father held with dancer Carol Reynolds.
Daddy’s Little Girl
Kenya Jones may certainly be Quincy’s last child, but she is definitely not least. A mere 21 years old, the youngest Jones is quickly finding her place in the entertainment industry.
Currently finding her way into fashion shoots across the country, Quincy takes pride in knowing that he’s gotten a chance to do fatherhood all over again with Kenya. His ex-wives claim he was a workaholic, and didn’t find much time for family. So in a 2008 interview with the Seattle Times, when Kenya was just 15, the super producer said, “She just got 11 A’s and two B’s at the Lycée Francais…I’m doing pretty good.”
Kidada and Rashida have grown quite fond of each other over the years. In many out-and-about-photos, it seems there is never one without the other. With their lives as busy as can be, it’s good to see they still make time for one another.
Nothing But Love
While Quincy’s ex-wives may have a thing or two to say about the lack of time he gave to their children growing up, it seems that time really does heal all wounds because they’re nothing but smiles these days. Kidada, Rashida and Kenya certainly have nothing but love for their father.