According to reports, jazz and R&B composer, producer and arranger Quincy Jones, 82, will receive the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award for his humanitarian work through musical recordings for African famine relief and Superstorm Sandy.
The news was announced by The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
This is not the first time the Chicago native was recognized for his humanitarian efforts. In 1995, he received the Jean Hershel Humanitarian Award; he also served as producer and conductor of the charity song, “We Are The World,” recorded in 1985.
In an illustrious career that has spanned decades and included TV, film, music and publishing, Jones has been an in-demand musical arranger, composer, conductor, producer, musician and film producer. Recently, Time magazine named him one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.
In 1993, the 27 time Grammy Award-winning Jones spun his love for music into a media venture when he launched Vibe, a music and entertainment magazine, which left its indelible mark on the R&B and hip-hop community for years to come.
Aside from his stellar musical production on legendary albums such as Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall and Thriller, Jones is credited with writing theme songs and musical scores for numerous films and television shows such Roots, Sanford & Son, For Love of Ivy, The Color Purple, In the Heat of the Night and many more. For his film and television production work, he was nominated for an Academy Award. And he is credited with being the first African-American person to serve as musical director and conductor for the Academy Awards which he did in 1971.
The ceremony will take place next month in Los Angeles.