Longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich produced the two-hour special, which was taped in September at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Per a statement, the show will examine Jones’ career as a go-to hitmaker, as well as his “contributions to film and television, work as a humanitarian, his contributions to jazz and success as a producer, highlighting his relationship with Michael Jackson.”
The show will feature musical performances from Legend and Wonder, as well as Gladys Knight, Brian McKnight, Gloria Estefan, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Sam Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Meghan Trainor and Ne-Yo. Meanwhile, Winfrey, Smith, Chapelle, Usher, LL Cool J, Danny Glover, Ludacris and Jones’ daughter, actress/director Rashida Jones, will share stories about the legendary musician/producer.
“For most of my life, the name Quincy Jones has represented excellence in nearly every part of the American musical landscape,” Ehrlich said in a statement. “To be able to celebrate his remarkable achievements in a two-hour television event has been one of the great joys of my life, and I have no doubt that viewers of all ages and backgrounds will relate to the musical highlights of this amazing man.”
Jones is the subject of the new Netflix documentary, Quincy, which Rashida Jones co-directed with Alan Hicks.