For all y'awl interested in learning "Soul Bossa Nova" on the piano, you can pick up a free lesson on my piano teaching software, Playground Sessions, for the remainder of the weekend! Enjoy! ((:0))
SOUL BOSSA NOVA is now in our store! 🎹 Download it FOR FREE through the weekend, in honor of Quincy’s 85th birthday 🎉 ~ “One afternoon at the Gloria Hotel on the Copacabana beach in Rio, Dizzy [Gillespie] sat in the house samba combo & in the audience were teenagers Joao & Astrud Gilberto, & Antonio Carlos Jobim...basically the creators of bossa nova. When the Brazilian rhythm section kicked off a samba rhythm, Dizzy threw his bebop trumpet into the mix & that was the first time any of us had ever heard the fusion of jazz ‘n’ samba. Fast forward to 1962, I was still so inspired by Brazil, & I wrote “Soul Bossa Nova” in about 20 minutes...man, the music just flowed out as fast as I could write it!! This song is the perfect example of how beautiful it is when you absorb various cultures around the world & I’m still soaking it all up to this very day... I hope our Playground Sessions family enjoys learning it on the piano as much as I enjoyed writing it!" - Quincy Jones Rookie: https://www.playgroundsessions.com/store/view-song/soul-bossa-nova-piano-sheet-music-rookie Intermediate: https://www.playgroundsessions.com/store/view-song/soul-bossa-nova-piano-sheet-music-intermediate Advanced: https://www.playgroundsessions.com/store/view-song/soul-bossa-nova-piano-sheet-music-advanced . . . #piano #pianolessons #pianocover #pianoplayer #grandpiano #pianoforte #music #quincyjones #soulbossanova #pianolife #88keys #learnpiano #pianist #bossanova #pianista #fortepiano #playgroundsessions #behindthescenes ... See more
W.O.W...Y'awl sure know how to make me feel special!! Big time love & props to Spotify for this incredible billboard in #TimesSquare!! Thank U!...This whole week has been so beautiful thanks to all of you who came to do the hang-thang with me the other day & to everyone who has sent me messages, gifts, & most importantly, pure love....Can't wait for 185! ((:0)) ... See more
Big time love & props to my Qwest TV fam for this!! Such a beautiful memory to look back on, & I thank you for keeping footage like this alive...Discovering content on this platform is like uncovering a true treasure chest & I’m so proud to know that this dream of mine is now a reality!! ((:0)) Thank U! ... See more
🎂🎂🎂HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Q! 🎂🎂🎂 Watch the full concert 👉 http://bit.ly/2FHyReW Quincy Jones turns 85 today. Knowing Quincy, his idea of the perfect gift would be to give YOU something special. So we went digging into the archives and we found this amazing footage of Quincy Jones and his orchestra back in 1961. Watch him glide down the stairs as he gestures to the orchestra to begin playing...Pure class. As we watched this video, we began to think about everything Quincy stands for. He stands for what we all stand for. He is a one-man revolution unto himself. Since the day this was shot over half a century ago, we have made some progress as a society, and Quincy was ahead of the curve. Promoting music with origins in African-American culture to a worldwide audience. Giving women the place they deserved, right up front in orchestras and bandstands. Bringing a human touch to the music industry. And now, by co-founding Qwest TV, Quincy has taken another step forward: bringing great music in an audiovisual format to present and future generations. This is our Qwest. Long live Q! Quincy Jones - Live at RTBF Line-up : Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Leonard Johnson, Floyd Standifer (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin Jackson, Melba Liston, Åke Persson (trombone), Julius Watkins (French horn), Phil Woods, Porter Kilbert (alto sax), Budd Johnson (tenor sax), Jerome Richardson (tenor sax, piccolo), Sahib Shihab (baritone sax), Patti Brown (piano), Les Spann(guitar, flute), Buddy Catlett (bass), Joe Harris (drums). ... See more
Sometimes, life creeps up on ya & the next thing you know...You’re 85!! ((:0)) Wow...What. A. Rollercoaster. It has been an absolutely beautiful journey & I feel like I’m just getting started! It seems as though it was only yesterday that I was this scrawny little kid sticking out like a sore thumb in my high school yearbook. As I reflect on the road behind me & the road ahead...I can’t help but think about how grateful I am to be alive. I should’ve never made it out of the gangs in Chicago (in the 30’s), but God had other plans for me & music was my way out. I’ve been told many times that I wasn’t good enough, smart enough, or simply would never achieve my goals, but as I’ve said before, I’m fortunate to have learned the power of being underestimated. If people overestimate you, they get in your way, but if they underestimate you, they get out of your way. Don’t forget it!!...But even though I’ve worked extremely hard on my own, I cannot forget to thank the people who’ve helped mentor me along the way. From Basie to Clark Terry, to Dizzy, to my family...you name it. Every mistake, every encounter, every person, every experience (Free & Easy, The Color Purple, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Roots, We are the World, etc.)...It all got me here to this exact day, so...thank you. YOLO SO KOKO (you only live once, so keep on keepin’ on)!!...Thanks for the bday love! ... See more
It's a good one! Definitely some favorites in here... \\(^o^)/
Each week, I will add 20 additional songs comprised of new music I love, some of my all-time favorites, + a few from my catalog...I'll try to do this for y'awl all year! ...xxoo...q
One of the most important things you can get as a young musician, is someone who believes in you...When I was only 12 years old living in Seattle, I walked straight up to my idol (the great Clark Terry) after one of his shows, & asked him to teach me how to play the trumpet. It was an extreme ask, but he graciously accepted & became my very first trumpet teacher...& I his first student. He taught me early in the mornings before I went to school, despite the fact that he would be running on almost no sleep, after having played late shows the night before. Fast forward to many decades later...Clark introduced me to this young cat...His last student. Justin Kauflin & I have a special bond because for us...Clark was that "someone" who gave us the the gift of belief. He brought us together & man, what a ride it has been!! Justin, you are truly a rare & beautiful soul & I am so proud to have you on the team. Nothing can keep you from achieving your dreams & you have truly demonstrated that through your dedication to the piano & life, despite any hardships that losing your sight has thrown your way. You are an INSPIRATION & I'm forever grateful to Clark for sending you to us...Happy birthday my brother & I look forward to doing the hang-thang soon! For the rest of y'awl who haven't seen our doc, "Keep On Keepin' On", I encourage you to do so because you'll get to see a glimpse of how special this kid is & how beautiful of a person Clark was to not only us, but everyone he encountered...Absolutely blows your MIND! ... See more
To say I'm proud of my six daughters would be an absolute understatement...These girls (now women) never cease to amaze me with how brilliant, kind, creative, & perseverant they are. In each of their respective fields, they continue to push forward, despite the external voices that tell them they aren't good enough, or forces that try to keep them down...& as we all know, unfortunately there are many. I could go on all day about how incredibly amazed I am by these 6, but I want to take a moment to recognize ALL of the women out there (past & present) who have been & continue to be culture shapers, in the midst of an overwhelmingly large number of culture followers. Women are 13 years smarter than we are & don't U forget it!! ((:0)) Your voice matters & if anyone tells you otherwise...just remember the power of being underestimated. If they overestimate you, they get in your way, but if they underestimate you, they get out of your way...Happy International Women's Day. 💪 📸: Albane Navizet ... See more
Your story is as inspiring as your music & I'm proud to have had the honor of standing by you throughout your journey....And it's not over yet!! Alfredo Rodriguez, the best is yet to come my brother. Big time love & props to Gary Graff for this Billboard review! It's an absolutely important message that often goes unnoticed, but it makes my soul smile to see music be its messenger. ... See more
When a video for the title track to Alfredo Rodriguez's new album The Little Dream was broached, the Cuban-born jazz pianist knew exactly how he wanted to approach it.
In honor of "In the Heat of the Night" winning "Best Picture" at the Oscars 50 years ago, The Hollywood Reporter got the crew (producer Walter Mirisch, Sidney Poitier, & director Norman Jewison) back together (only missing Lee Grant & Scott Wilson)! These people right here are like family & the memories we have from this film are enough to last multiple lifetimes...Creating the score for this timeless piece was such an honor because it wasn't just a movie...the storyline was a central part of our historical narrative...Even the name Mr. Tibbs holds a meaning of its own...One of empowerment & triumph. In the midst of celebrating a nomination, we were quickly brought back to reality with the assassination of Dr. King. The '68 Oscar ceremony was postponed for two days following the funeral, & it was a reminder that even though we made progress, there was still much work to be done...Now, 50 years later, we still got work to do, but it makes my soul smile to see more of our youth getting involved. Every step forward is still a step...no matter how small. Congrats to the Oscar winners & nominees! ... See more
An acclaimed mystery writer reflects on the impact the 1968 best picture winner had when it was released — and its relevance in the age of Black Lives Matter.
It absolutely made my soul smile to be able to honor my beloved sister from another mister, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, at the ICON MANN Dinner the other night...This woman is a true pioneer of change & she has been since day ONE...& my brother Common, the verse you recited from "The Day Women Took Over" was the perfect explanation of her impact on this world, so I added it to this week's Spotify playlist in her honor! ((:0)) Cheryl, even though you are now retired from your role as the President of AMPAS, I know you will continue to bring about positive change within & outside of the industry. Congratulations on receiving the Legacy Award because U deserve it!!...All my love to U! ... See more