Here, There & Everywhere: Secretary of the Arts Quincy Jones?

by Don Heckman

A little over a month ago, I had a conversation with Quincy Jones at Santa Monica’s Barnes & Noble about his new biographical book, “Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions.”  In addition to the book, we discussed  a lot of other things, with Q. using my questions as take off points for his free flying verbal improvisations.  We’ve done a few of these Actors Studio type conversations, and I pretty much know the themes that will produce the best results from Q’s prodigious array of fascinating memories, tales and opinions.

With the Inauguration of Barack Obama three days away, it occurred to me that there was one question I’d asked Quincy that was especially relevant at this particular time.  And, by good fortune, someone videotaped it and posted it on YouTube.  Here it is.   One can only hope, as I said in my question, that Obama has the good sense to make the offer, and that Q. has the temerity to accept it.

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