Producer extraordinaire Quincy Jones has been named 2009's keynote speaker at SXSW. Following in the footsteps of 2008 speaker Lou Reed, Quincy will make his address March 19 in Austin, TX.
A press release states that Jones will speak about "the power of music to influence and create positive change in the world and the responsibility of the artist to use their craft to bring people together for the betterment of mankind." And he'd know; Jones is a longtime humanitarian who worked on the recording "We Are The World," which benefited Ethiopian famine relief.
lists a long string of projects Jones is currently at work on, including the "recently released book The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions, a feature film documentary on Brazil's annual Carnival Festival, a biopic mini-series on jazz musician Louis Armstrong, a duets album with Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, and a tribute album of his recordings featuring artists such as Usher, John Legend and Amy Winehouse. He is also planning a chain of nightclub/restaurants based on his album Q's Jook Joint, with the first slated to open in Las Vegas in 2009."
Jones has won 27 Grammy awards and has been nominated 79 times. He also has an Oscar and an Emmy under his belt.
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