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How French Music Teacher Nadia Boulanger Raised a Generation of Composers: Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Quincy Jones, Philip Glass & More

One of my favorite quotes about creativity comes from 20th-century electric bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius: “You don’t get better, you grow.” The aspiration to get “better” implies a category of “best” – a height artists frequently despair of ever reaching. Pastorius rejected a state of perfection, which would mean stopping, going no further, freezing in place. “One can always learn more. One can always understand more. The question is to provide yourself with confidence.” That wisdom comes not from Jaco Pastorius but from 20th century French music teacher and composer Nadia Boulanger, who might not have approved of the libertine jazz phenom’s life, given her aristocratic conservatism, but heartily endorsed his wisdom about continuous creative growth.
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Marilyn Bergman Remembered By Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Norman Lear And More

The music, film, television and theater communities bid farewell to Marilyn Bergman today, acknowledging the gifts she gave to each that will live on. Bergman passed at her home early on Saturday at age 93. Online mourners focused on the timeless nature of her songs with husband Alan, as well as her gracious nature and long service to composers through her executive work. A few of the reactions: Marilyn and Alan Bergman with Michele Legrand wrote my favorite song, “How Do You Keep The Music Playing? We lost Marilyn today, but her music keeps playing. — Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) January 8, 2022 Marilyn and...

The Weeknd Teases New Music, ‘Dawn FM’ Track List in New Trailer

UPDATE (1/5): The Weeknd has continued to trickle out more information about his impending new album, Dawn FM, this time sharing the full track list for the album. The list appeared at the end of a short teaser video that also included some new music. And while the clip didn’t\ offer full insight into the album’s guests, two tracks — “A Tale by Quincy” and “Phantom Regret by Jim” — ostensibly will feature Quincy Jones and Jim Carrey, respectively. The full Dawn FM track list is below. tracklist — The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 5, 2022 UPDATE (1/4): The Weeknd has shared the cover...

Splice Awards for Producers Go to Jenna Andrews, Hit-Boy and Quincy Jones

Splice, the music creation and collaboration platform, has announced the recipients of its second annual Splice Awards, with top honors going to Hit-Boy for producer of the year and Jenna Andrews (pictured above) for vocal producer of the year. One of the most famous producers of all time, Quincy Jones, also figured into Splice’s mix, receiving the inaugural Icon Award. “Being recognized by Splice as producer of the year is a humbling honor at this time in my career,” Hit-Boy said in a statement. “Working with Nas on ‘King’s Disease II’ this year has been a true highlight for me, and the...

Hit Boy, Quincy Jones, UNIIQU3, and Jenna Andrews win top honors at 2021 Splice Awards

With the year winding down, looking back on the biggest hits of 2021 is impossible without acknowledging the sound architects who created them—at times without ever meeting the track or project’s other collaborators in person in a post-pandemic world. Splice, the creative platform for more than 4 million musicians to find sounds, loops and one-shots announced the winners of their second annual Splice Awards, including producers Hit-Boy, Quincy Jones, UNIIQU3, and Jenna Andrews taking home some of the biggest awards of the year.

JAY-Z Now Has the Most Grammy Nominations of Any Artist, Beats Previous Record Holder Quincy Jones

JAY-Z is now the artist with the most Grammy nominations of all time. The rapper, 51, received three more nominations from the Recording Academy on Tuesday, bringing his total count to 83. JAY-Z was nominated in the album of the year category for his work on Kanye West's Donda, and received two nominations for best rap song for his features on DMX's "Bath Salts" and West's "Jail."

Will Smith says Quincy Jones saved him from being ‘broke’

Will Smith has credited Quincy Jones for saving him from being “broke”.At the time, Smith was in financial hardship following tax problems and Jones invited him to a party at his home that also featured Steven Spielberg.On stage in London at an event with Idris Elba to promote his self-titled memoir, Smith said Jones asked him to audition for a part in front of the guests telling him it was “going to affect the rest of his life”.Smith said he was reluctant to do the audition as he wasn’t an actor and begged Jones for a week to prepare...

Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand React to Colin Powell Death

"There will never be enough superlatives to describe his greatness," Jones said of the former Sec. of State. A number of prominent stars paid tribute to their dear friend, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died at age 84 on Monday (Oct. 18) due to complications from COVID-19. The country's first Black national security advisor rose to the top ranks in government in a four-decade career of public service that included stints as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State (2001-2005) during the George W. Bush administration.

UA honors woman who taught Copland, Quincy Jones in 14th annual Music + Festival

Nadia Boulanger did not believe she had any special talent when it came to composing, but the French musical pedagogue knew how to teach others how to compose. Her students included some of the greatest composers of the 20th century, including Philip Glass, Adolphus Hailstork, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, Thea Musgrave, Astor Piazzolla and Burt Bacharach.

‘The Dude’: Quincy Jones At The Height Of His Powers

You didn’t need to hear a single note from Quincy Jones’ The Dude to know it was going to stand out. All you had to do was look at the album cover and see that unique South African sculpture on the front. Jones once said he found it while visiting a Los Angeles art gallery with Henry Mancini. “It was as if it yelled over at us and said, ‘My brother, take me home.’” He bought it immediately, saying the statue “had an attitude like I’d never seen before.” And that’s the key word for what you hear on The Dude: attitude. It was a statement of worldly, unquestioned confidence.