Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is born on March 14th in Chicago, Illinois. His family later moves to Seattle, Washington.
While in junior high, begins studying trumpet and sings in a gospel quartet. He soon becomes a fixture in Seattle's clubs.
Arrives with a scholarship to Boston's Schillinger House, later known as the Berklee School of Music.
Moves to New York, begins arranging and playing with jazz staples Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, and Dinah Washington.
Tours Europe with Lionel Hampton's band, blowing his horn between trumpet heroes Clifford Brown and Art Farmer.
Dizzy Gillespie, asked by Adam Clayton Powell to create an international goodwill tour, recruits Quincy to lead the band.
Studies with Nadia Boulanger, the legendary Parisian tutor to American expatriate composers.
At age 28 becomes vice-president of Mercury Records, the first high-level black executive of a major record company.
Scores Sidney Lumet's "The Pawnbroker", the first of his thirty three major motion picture film scores.
Wins the first of twenty six Grammy Awards for his Count Basie arrangement of "I Can't Stop Loving You."
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin plays Quincy's famous arrangement "Fly Me To The Moon" upon landing Apollo XI on the moon.
After suffering a massive brain aneurysm, recovers and takes time to re-discover his personal life.
Produces Michael Jackson's "Thriller." It goes on to sell forty six million copies, more than any recording in music history.
Co-produces Steven Spielberg's feature film "The Color Purple", which earns eleven Oscar nominations.
Records the biggest selling single ever, "We Are The World" for Ethiopian famine relief, raising fifty five million dollars.
As CEO and chairman in a co-venture with Time Warner, Inc., forms Quincy Jones Entertainment.
France recognizes him with The Legion d'Honneur, its most distinguished title.
The hit TV series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is launched, starring a young Will Smith.
Executive produces the first official event of the presidential inaugural celebration, at Lincoln Memorial.
Wins Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance for recording "Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux."
Forms Qwest Broadcasting, one of the largest minority controlled broadcasting companies in the U.S.
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards is bestowed.
Executive produces the 68th Annual Academy Awards.
Forms Quincy Jones Media Group.
He and partners decide to sell Qwest Broadcasting for a reported $270 million.
Executive produces "An American Celebration," the televised 2000 millennium concert for President Bill Clinton.