Quincy Jones, 28 times Grammy award winner musician-producer, is celebrating his 85th birthday with a worldwide tour, including two major concerts in Europe, one of which will be hold in Budapest on 16 July 2018.
Jones, among other achievements, co-produced Michael Jackson’s biggest balbums, has recently been in the spotlight because of interviews, in in which he has told stories about his famous friends, including Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, and The Beatles. The musical legend will perform at the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena. He will bring with him several musician friends, such as Richard Bona, three-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, and the only 20-year-old Hungarian András Várady, also known as Andreas Varady, an up-and-coming jazz guitarist.
Varady is less known in Hungary than in America, where he has worked with several Grammy winners after he was discovered by Quincy Jones at the age of 14. Varady never went to music school, but learnt everything from his musician father, Bandi. He started to play music on the streets, and Youtube also helped him a lot to raise attention; his first video, which he uploaded at the age of 11, reached more than 250,000 viewers. He recorded his first album (Questions) at the age of 13. He released his debut album, Andreas Varad,y in 2014 at Verve Records, when he was just 16 years old.
Andreas Varady with Quincy Jones at the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival:
The concert will include other Hungarian guests as well: the Budafoki Dohnányi Orchestra, featuring Gigi Radics, whom Quincy once ranked among the best voices of the world, and whom he invited to the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012.
Quincy Jones is famous for knowing almost every celebrity from Pablo Picasso, Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg to Miles Davis and Barack Obama; on top of this, he knows a good – and sometimes scandalous – story about almost all of them. Last month he told Vulture magazine, among other things, that Michael Jackson had stolen several songs from him, including Billie Jean; he also discussed The Beatles, Marlon Brando and Ivanka Trump. For example:
What’s something you wish you didn’t know? Who killed Kennedy.
Who did it?
[Chicago mobster Sam] Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.
He later apologized for the interview, saying that he is imperfect, and that he is not afraid to say it.
Besides the tour, Jones has several other plans for his 85th birthday, including a Netflix documentary and a CBS special hosted by Oprah Winfrey.