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Quincy Jones Recognized by France’s Ministry of Culture for His Contributions

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Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer Quincy Jones has been recognized for his musical contributions and the enrichment of France’s cultural inheritance.

He has been awarded a promotion to the rank of commandeur of the Order of Arts & Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

Jones joins a select group of artists who have received the distinction, including T.S. Eliot, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan, Vaclav Havel and Bono.

“France has always felt like a second home to me,” he said.

Jones, who first traveled to France in 1953 as a 19-year-old trumpet player in Lionel Hampton’s band, lived in Paris for years while studying music composition and orchestration with famed music teacher Nadia Boulanger. He recorded with French and American artists such as Charles Aznavour, Henri Salvador, Jacques Brel, Louis Jordan, Count Basie, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan.

Jones was promoted to the France’s highest honor, Commandeur de la Legion d’ Honneur, in 2001.

Jones has won 27 Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award; is a seven-time Oscar nominee; and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He has composed music for 33 major motion picture scores, and earned acclaim as producer, conductor and arranger of recordings including Frank Sinatra‘s album “Sinatra At The Sands,” featuring “Fly Me To the Moon;” “We Are The World,” the best-selling single of all time; and Michael Jackson albums “Off The Wall,” “Bad” and “Thriller,” the latter being the best-selling album in the history of the music recording industry.

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