David Baker presented the 2008 NEA Jazz Master Award to Quincy Jones. Jones gave a Delight-ful acceptance speech. His words came straight from the heart. Give it a listen:
That's how Quincy Jones feels about jazz.
Perhaps you heard his interview with Rhonda Hamilton?
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra played another Jones original:
NEA Jazz Masters Joe Wilder, Paquito D'Rivera and Candido Camero joined the orchestra onstage for a jam session:
A perfect end to a perfect night, right? I thought so too. But as luck would have it, my perfect night was only beginning...
- Josh Jackson
The NEA Jazz Master Awards evening is one of the main events at IAJE. This year, the concert featured the music of Quincy Jones, one of this year's honorees. NEA Jazz Master David Baker, an alumnus of the Quincy Jones Band back in the day, directed the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for the duration. Set One included:
More to come. - Josh
If you've ever listened to Live at the Sands, you've heard Quincy Jones' work with Frank Sinatra. Quincy was, in fact, the arranger for a number of Sinatra recordings. At the NEA Jazz Master Awards Concert, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra had the pleasure of playing some those charts. Kurt Elling had the unenviable position of Chairman of the Board.
Check out what they did together:
Kurt is such a great cat. I watched him backstage, pacing back and forth before the set. Hope he's relaxing now.
- Josh Jackson
Let's welcome back to the stage at the NEA Jazz Master Awards Concert (blog version), the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, as they perform more of Quincy Jones' music. Here we go:
No doubt you'll recognize the next song:
Now back to the show. Next up - the fifth element. Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Quincy Jones...