Quincy Jones, an East Carolina University alumnus, is now a full-time musician working on an album titled “Q” composed of original music and expected to release in the coming months.
Jones graduated from ECU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance and said he always had a passion for music.
“I would say the earliest inspiration that I remember as far as what sparked the love for music, I was really young, around the age of four or five home with my grandma; she used to play a lot of live performances for me on VHS tapes of old blues and rock and roll artists and I would imitate them, Jones said.
Jones’ mother did not intend to name him after the Grammy Legend award-winning artist Quincy Jones, Jones said. He said he differentiates himself by adding based out of Greenville, North Carolina to his social media. Jones said becoming a musician and being named Quincy just happened by coincidence.
Jones said he is a fan of Quincy Jones’s earliest work with big bands in the 50s and 60s and his work with Micheal Jackson.
“I am also a fan of the latest stuff he came out with; Jazz fusion slash funk. Pretty much I am a big fan of his," Jones said.
Jones said he has the support of his family and friends of music. He said he is a musician at his church where he plays a variety of music.
“Especially my mom, she always has been very supportive of me. I’ve seen her with my grandparents always trying to help buy me instruments (like) guitars, keyboards,” Jones said.
The cover band The Montario Experience and Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey have also had Jones perform with them, Jones said, and they have performed in Greenville and other locations.
Jones said he opened with The Monterio Experience at The Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina for American rapper Biz Markie last year for the 80s versus 90s show.
Eric Monterio Moore, owner of the band The Montario Experience, said Jones plays the keyboard for his band. He said Jones is a very talented and professional musician, and Jones can play a song once or twice after hearing the music.
Moore said his favorite song of Jones is a song titled “Plans” that features himself on Jones’ upcoming self-debut album.
“Quincy is a great musician and an all-around good guy. He is a great addition to my band,” Moore said in an email statement.
William Seymour, a local singer, songwriter and teacher, said he is a bandmate of Jones in “Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey.”
“It really is a privilege to be able to perform with him (Jones). He has taught me a lot about music, and I wouldn't be as good as a musician without him. If I ever need a piano player for a recording or a gig, I always call him first,” Seymour said in an email statement.
Seymour said the band played at Christy’s Euro Pub every Tuesday night together. He said he has seen Jones perform many times over the years and referred to Jones as one of the best pianists he’s ever seen.
Seymour said Jones performs well by himself and also works well with other musicians.
“He never (over-plays) and always has a positive attitude when he's on the bandstand,” Seymour said in the email statement.
Rebekah Todd, an ECU alumna, with a Bachelor of Arts in painting and drawing, is a full-time musician of her band Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, and small business owner. According to Todd, Jones played the keyboard in her band (Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey) for about six years.
“I loved working with him (Jones). He’s been so supportive of my stuff for so many years. I am happy to see that he is still playing especially during a time like this. I think music is so important to bring light to the world that is so full of darkness right now,” Todd said.
Jones' mother, Felicia Jones, said she is proud of her son’s music career.
“He (Jones) is a disciplined and determined young man, and with that being said, I know he will have a promising career in music. To hear him play with the heart, soul and passion that is within him is definitely an experience you will never forget. Play on my piano man," Felicia Jones said in an email statement.
Felicia Jones said Jones’ love for music began as early as two or three years old and jazz and blues are two of his favorite genres.
Felicia Jones said his performance is “awesome” and he plays with passion. She said her favorite performance of Quincy Jones' so far is when he portrayed Fats Waller in a musical titled “Ain’t Misbehavin in Greenville, NC (North Carolina).”
“I have had the pleasure of seeing him perform several times and it was one of the greatest experiences in my life,” Felicia Jones said in the email statement.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said he will continue to write original compositions, produce and record for his album. He said he has performed on live streams, played music by request and taught lessons during this time since he is not able to perform in front of an audience.
More information on Quincy Jones can be found on his Instagram page.