Art & Culture 52'


He’s the genius behind some of the greatest hits of the 20th century. He sold over 150 million records worldwide - including top-selling album ever Thriller. He worked alongside legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Donna Summer, Jane Fonda, Lionel Richie, Steven Spielberg… This is the artistic journey of a music industry icon.

A trumpeter, producer, arranger, songwriter and conductor all at once, Quincy Jones is one of the most influential, protean and prolific artists of our time. Over the 70 years of his career, he always navigated with ease between genres, from classical to jazz, disco, funk, bossa nova or hip-hop. Gifted with flair and audacity, he gave shape to popular music by producing rising stars such as Donna Summer and of course, Michael Jackson! Aware of the unlikelihood of his journey in a profoundly racist society, Quincy - the first black man to run a music label - has always fought for the recognition of African-American culture. 

Through unique archive footage and exclusive interviews from the many artists he inspired - Melody Gardot, Pharrell Williams or Daft Punk - this documentary traces the success story of a major artist who revolutionized the history of modern music.

Direction: Olivier Lemaire

Production: Effervescence & La Dame de Cœur for France Télévisions

Delivery: May 2025

Languages: French, English

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