Rashida Jones’ New Doco Is About Her Legendary Dad Quincy
Quincy Jones has worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles and Michael Jackson.
Rashida Jones’ new documentary focuses on something very close to her heart -- telling the story of her dad Quincy Jones’ incredible career as music producer.
Quincy Jones has been a driving force in the American music industry for decades – producing for icons like Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Donna Summer.
The new film documents Jones’ life as a musician, producer, father and visionary (Oprah Winfrey credits him for discovering her and kick-starting her career).
His daughter Rashida -- who has co-directed the film with Alan Hicks -- says the Netflix documentary also tells the important story of race in the United States.
“My dad’s story is also the story of black America,” the Parks And Recreation actress told The Hollywood Reporter.
“He was born in the '30s. He’s seen every decade since. He’s been relevant in every decade since, so we’re dealing with a lot of race stuff in this country and it's important to tell the stories of the past," she said.
"It’s the only way we can learn,” she added. “It’s the only way we can change and evolve, and this is a great way to do it."
Quincy is chock full of celebrities who have worked with Quincy or been inspired by his work including Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.
Co-director Hicks said watching archival footage and researching the life of Jones left him in a constant state of awe.
"For example, I found out that he was in the room with Miles Davis when he recorded Kind of Blue,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
“And then you found out that he had the first music that was ever played on the moon, and that he made all of these discoveries like Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey.”
The documentary will be available to stream on Netflix on September 21.
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