Quincy Jones and boxing-turned-entertainment promoter Rock Newman announced this week the line-up of award-winning musicians that will perform in “Quincy Jones and Friends,” a performance to be staged over three days from October 29-31, 2009, at the 14th Annual Bermuda Music Festival.
At the festival, Bermuda’s Premier Dr. Ewart Brown will honor Quincy Jones’ lifetime contributions to culture and humanity with the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Award. Jones changed the way music and philanthropy interact through his star-studded collaboration “We Are the World,” the best-selling single of all time. Produced and arranged by Quincy Jones, this single raised $63 million for Ethiopian Famine Relief and shone a much-needed spotlight on the Ethiopian drought. Jones continues his worldwide philanthropic efforts through music, in collaboration with institutions such as Harvard University, entertainers including Bono and Oprah Winfrey, and The Quincy Jones Foundation.
“It is my distinct honor to receive the African Diaspora Award from Premier Brown and the people of Bermuda and to join with them to celebrate the beauty and wonder of Bermuda during the 14th Annual Bermuda Music Festival. The line-up of artists that we have assembled for this year’s festival are some of the most talented performers of their generation and, like me, understand and respect the diverse musical and spiritual influences that are reflected in Bermuda’s rich cultural history. I promise that this year’s festival will be one that you definitely will not want to miss… it’s going to be hot.”
The14th Annual Bermuda Music Festival, sponsored by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, will showcase Jones’ many talents. The 27-time Grammy Award winner, who also holds a record 79 Grammy nominations, will conduct, arrange and perform with artists who share his passions, many of whom he has mentored or guided at different points in their careers. These performers will include Patti Austin, Erykah Badu, James Ingram, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, and Naturally Seven, among others. Local Bermudian musicians will also join these global talents for a truly unique collaboration. On the final night, October 31, there will be a special performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” 25 years after the best-selling album of all-time was first produced by Quincy Jones.
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