New York, NY, April 23, 2008: Distinguished members of the
entertainment community gathered in New York City on Tuesday, April
22nd to honor Quincy Jones with the prestigious ASCAP Pied Piper
Award. Celebrating his 75th birthday, Quincy Jones composer,
arranger, conductor, produceris one of the foremost exponents of
American Music and its best ambassador worldwide. ASCAP President &
Chairman Marilyn Bergman hosted the invitation-only, all-star musical
celebration at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square.
The evening was highlighted with a musical tribute to Mr. Jones
featuring friends and admirers from the songwriting and performing
world, including Ashford & Simpson, Patti Austin, Tony Bennett, Tevin
Campbell, James Ingram, Gloria Estefan, Roberta Flack, Siedah Garrett,
Savion Glover, Lesley Gore, Al Jarreau, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music,
Greg Phillinganes, Take 6, Tamia, James Moody, Clark Terry, James
D-Train Williams, and cast members of Stomp.
Those in attendance included Johntá Austin, Kathleen Battle, Jellybean
Benitez, Hal David, Jon Faddis, Michael Feinstein, Whoopi Goldberg,
Chuck Jackson, Hal Jackson, Johnny Mandel, Melle Mel, Rev. Al Sharpton,
Julie Taymor, Jimmy Webb, Bebe Winans, and others.
Commenting on the celebration of Jones, Marilyn Bergman said, \"Quincy
Jones is an original, one of music\'s true renaissance men who has done
everything. And through American Popular Music – Jazz, R&B, Pop, Rap
and music for Film and Television – Quincy has touched virtually
everyone with an ear tuned in to our nation\'s talent and its culture. He
has reached his 75th birthday but his perpetual energy and activity
make him forever young, whether creating music, encouraging music
creators or bringing music to millions everywhere. Quincy is most
worthy of the highest honor bestowed by ASCAP – the Pied Piper Award.\"
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing
Rights Organization representing the world\'s largest repertory totaling
over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from
more than 315,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.
ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights
organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly
every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its
members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of
their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed
performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization
owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com
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