Jones discusses his new movie, Keep on Keepin’ On, a documentary about the mentoring relationship between jazz legend Clark Terry and a blind piano prodigy in this interview for PBS.
And just everything there is – and that’s what touches me so much about it is there’s so many coincidental situations there that the whole film is about divine intervention. I always loved that phrase when they say that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. Very true ’cause, man, there’s so many coincidental things that are going on in that film.
Hall interviews Jones on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about how much he misses Michael Jackson, how Thriller is still the best selling album and how the evolution of big bands came about.
I did my homework when I was very young, I didn’t care about money or fame. That’s the way beboppers work we just talk about resolution.
Jones is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the 28th induction ceremony.
We came from the school of wanting to be the best musician you could possibly be. I’m glad I came from that school.
Jones discusses the impact of a brain aneurysm he had at age 41 in an interview with O Magazine.
It made me realize that if I lived to age 82, I would have about 30,000 days on this earth. And that number had to be cut in thirds—I’d sleep for 10,000 days, work for 10,000 days, then do whatever else in the remaining time. After the aneurysm, the doctor told me that deep in our subconscious, each of us has either a life force or a death wish. He said those who have a death wish can be taken out by the flu. But the ones who have a life force survive.
Davis and Jones wins the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance for Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux.
Jones wins the Grammy for Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical), Album Of The Year for Back On The Block, Best Jazz Fusion Performance and Best Arrangement On An Instrumental for Birdland, and Best Arrangement On An Instrumental for The Places You Find Love.
Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Quincy D. III, and Jones wins the Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for Back On The Block.
Jackson releases Bad, his seventh album, five years after the release of Thriller. Co-producer is Jones. Hit singles are Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In The Mirror, Dirty Diana, Another Part Of Me, Smooth Criminal, Leave Me Alone, Liberian Girl.
I feel rejuvenated…it is like I’m happy, I’m done.
Jones wins the Grammy for Record Of The Year, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Best Music Video, Short Form for We Are The World.
Jones wins the Grammy for Best Arrangement On An Instrumental for Grace (Gymnastics Theme).
Jackson and Jones wins the Grammy for Record of the Year for Beat It, Album of the Year for Thriller, Best Recording For Children for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical).
Jackson releases his sixth album Thriller with Epic Records and Co-producer Jones. Hit singles include, The Girl Is Mine, Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Human Nature, P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing), and Thriller. Jones:
He was always up for trying new things. I remember Michael sang through these long cardboard tubes to get a particular sound — that’s something Michael came up with, I believe.
Jones wins the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for The Dude, Best Cast Show Album for Lena Horne – The Lady And Her Music, Live On Broadway, Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording for Velas, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) for Ai No Corrida, and Producer Of The Year.
Jones wins the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Dinorah, Dinorah.
Jones wins the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for The Wiz Main Title – Overture Part One.