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In celebration of its ongoing exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963–1983, The Broad presents an evening of music, art, and conversation.

Quincy Jones has invited a number of musicians to perform—including Terrace MartinCory Henry, Arin RayEryn Allen Kane, and Alex Isley—and Endeavor’s Boz Saint John will preside as MC.

The evening will begin with an introduction by Jones, and the presentation of a special video showcasing Jones’ barrier-breaking, game-changing work in the music, film, and television industries, and his insistence that our histories and accomplishments never be forgotten.

During the event, attendees are welcome to visit the exhibition as well as the museum’s third floor galleries.



Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 pm to 11 pm.

The Broad

221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Quincy Jones, photograph by Adam Hart; Eryn Allen Kane, photograph by Erica Hernandez; Cory Henry; Alex Isley, photograph by Richard Stevenson, Jr.; Arin Ray, and Terrace Martin, photographs by Samantha J.(2); Boz Saint John. Images courtesy and © the musicians, MC, and photographers.


“An ‘ego’ is usually just an over-dressed insecurity. I think you have to dream so big that you can’t get an ego, [or else] you’ll never fulfill those dreams.” — Quincy Jones

After witnessing the straitjacketed removal of his mother from his childhood home, Jones grew up fast on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, discovered music, joined Lionel Hampton’s jazz band, and got his first big break when Dinah Washington insisted he conduct and arrange her 1955 album For Those in Love.

Jones moved to Paris in 1957 to study orchestration under Nadia Boulanger. “France made me feel free as an artist and as a black man.” Returning to the States in the early 1960s, he became vice-president of Mercury Records. When Jones was 29, Frank Sinatra called.

(Sinatra, Jones, and Count Basie went to Las Vegas in 1966 for their legendary engagement at the Sands, Sinatra insisting that his collaborators stay in the same hotel they were gigging in, thereby integrating hospitality suites and casinos in the city for the first time.)

In the mid-sixties, Jones moved to Los Angeles and started a new chapter as an in-demand composer, arranger, and conductor of film scores. He started working with Michael Jackson at the end of the 1970s, and the rest is history.

If you miss the International Documentary Association presentation of Quincy—a new doc co-directed by Rashida Jones (Quincy’s daughter) and Alan Hicks, both of whom will be at the screening—you can catch it on Netflix.



Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30.

Landmark, 10850 Pico Boulevard, Rancho Park, Los Angeles.

And on Netflix.

From the top:

Quincy Jones and Sarah Vaughan in France. Photograph by Jean-Pierre Leloir.

Sinatra at The Sands album cover (1966). Image credit: Reprise.

Jones and Sinatra in the studio.

In Cold Blood, one of Jones’ many film scores. Image credit: Colgems.

Jones at the Olympia in Paris, 1960.


During the first two decades of his career, Sidney Poitier was the beneficiary and exemplar of so-called Hollywood liberalism, and—carrying the flag of rectitude and racial equality if not harmony—rarely played a “bad guy.” Which makes the opening film of the Poitier double-bill this weekend such a rare treat. In THE LOST MAN (1969)—built on the armature of the IRA thriller Odd Man Out (directed by Carol Reed)—Poitier is a gun-brandishing militant on the run, finding refuge and comfort when and where he can. Poitier met his co-star Joanna Shimkus during filming, and they later went on to marry, celebrating their fortieth anniversary in 2016. The film’s score is by Quincy Jones.

THE LOST MAN was written and directed by Robert Alan Aurthur, who also wrote the second feature, Martin Ritt’s excellent EDGE OF THE CITY (1956), which pairs Poitier with a young John Cassavetes. The evening’s films are part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive series Golden Age Television Writers on the Big Screen.

THE LOST MAN and EDGE OF THE CITY, Friday, August 11, at 7:30.

BILLY WILDER THEATER, HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.


From top: John Cassavetes (left) and Sidney Poitier in Edge of the City.

Poster, right: Joanna Shimkus.