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‘Quincy’ Trailer: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and More Praise the Music Icon’s Life and Legacy in Netflix Documentary

In the words of Lionel Richie: "Don't try to do what he's done, 'cause you can't."

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones


Not too many people can count Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and Paul McCartney among their admirers. All three make appearances in the new trailer for the Netflix documentary “Quincy,” praising the life and work of the inimitable Quincy Jones. A fully authorized portrait of the music icon, “Quincy” is directed by Jones’s daughter, the actress Rashida Jones, in collaboration with Alan Hicks. Weaving archival footage with intimate moments of daily life, the film is sure to be a revealing and fitting tribute.

Per the official synopsis: “A unique force of nature in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended musical and racial boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of Black America. Beyond his own acclaim as a trumpeter, producer, conductor, composer and arranger, Jones’s inimitable gift to discover the biggest talents of the past half of the century is unprecedented. He has mentored and cultivated the careers of young talents, from Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. With his boundless energy, Jones has also awakened many generations to the significance of humanitarian issues.”

Rashida Jones previously directed an episode of the documentary series “Hot Girls Wanted,” which she executive produced. Hicks is best known for his feature on jazz musician Clark Terry, “Keep On Keepin’ On.”

A Netflix Original documentary, “Quincy” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, and launch globally on Netflix on September 21, along with a limited theatrical release.

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