For Love of Ivy, The Getaway, In Cold Blood, and more recently, the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson film, Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
It was Jones who introduced Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg to movie audiences in The Color Purple, the 1985 film he scored and co-produced with acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. When the musical inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hit Broadway in December 2005, Jones was part of the production team, this time serving as a co-producer with his mentee Winfrey.
He has also placed his indelible stamp on television. It was through Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment, a joint venture with Time Warner, that Jones first brought rappers Will Smith and LL Cool J to the small screen in their lead roles in sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and In The House, respectively. He gave NBC’s Saturday Night Live a tough rival with the launch of Fox Television’s MADtv. In fact, during the mid ,90s, Jones was the only African American to have three shows on network television. He also owned broadcast properties in New Orleans and Atlanta.
Jones takes pride in his role as a father figure for many performers because he recalls that musical legends such as Clark Terry, Count Basie, and Ray Charles helped him during his early years. He stood on their shoulders; now others lean on him.