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About the Creator and Performer

Named by Time Magazine as one of the six most influential Jazz artists of the 20th Century, Quincy Jones is an impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word. Over seven-decades Jones’ career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Among the multitude of awards that he has received for his contributions are an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and 28 Grammy Awards with a total of 80 nominations. He is the recipient of the Republic of France’s Commandeur de la Legion d’ Honneur, and in 2001 he was inducted as a "Kennedy Center Honoree," the United States’ most prestigious cultural award, for his lifetime contributions to the culture of the country. He was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master—the nation’s highest jazz honor, and in 2010 was bestowed the National Medal of Arts, our nation’s highest artistic honor. In 2016, Jones received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for the Broadway production of The Color Purple. The award completed the rare EGOT set for Jones, an exclusive club of artists who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
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great..

loved every note..from the beginning to end..inspiring and up lifing. I know u will enjoy.

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I lived these notes with Quincy

I have heard and learned from and live a better life from each note of this book. Since 1973, I have witnessed Quincy's veracity and greatness as a man, a mentor, a producer and best of all as a friend. Meeting Quincy was in the stars for me as the philosophies he lives and shares with us here is a faithful continuation of life lessons I gleaned from my Dad...the only man who has had more influence on me. Quincy's humanity and spiritual generosity is massive and bottomless. His empathy is immeasurable as is his quest to learn something new every day...12 Notes brings me back to those enlightening moments when Quincy, in just a few words. (quite often wrapped in humor) has changed and enriched, injected humor and shined a new light on the courses of my life. His words give me hope or challenge me to find a new path and the courage to be myself. I love you, Q, and no words can express how happy it makes me to see these precious words and stories are now being shared with the world. Thank you sounds too tame as to how grateful I am for you...Tommy Bahler.

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Confirmed my hopes

Totally full of wisdom, suitable not only for musicians.
you join this force as he travels from juke joints and jam sessions
to musical royalty as he embraces mentors, colleagues, and fans from all genres.

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A self told celebration of a blessed life.

How does one speak of a memory that included having Picasso as a neighbor and not sound boastful? Mr. Quincy Jones gives us pearls of wisdom from a perspective of gratitude. D sharp is my favorite "Note" in the book and I really have to work on F sharp. Thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom Mr. Jones. What a life!

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Life changing .

One of the best books I’ll ever read in my life . Def will recommend to anyone.

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Very inspirational!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, although I dwell in corporate America and not in the music industry, this book hit home in so many aspects of my life. Thank you "Q"!!!

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Life changing

This is a must have for any human being. Quincy Jones is an amazing individual whom have literally lived and continue to live his life’s fullest potential. The book is beautifully portraying all his life’s lessons and what made him become who he is. The story is also written in a very joyful and entertaining way, which makes it captivating from the get-go to the very end.

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Great Life Lessons

If you know Quincy Jones you know he has something important to say and he says it well in his book! As he tells his story you visually get a glimpse of his life and you feel the experiences and you know his advice is coming from a good place. When he published his book he was 89 years old and full of life lessons that we should all listen to. I’m thankful I brought this book because it’s a harsh reminder that life is short live it as best you can and avoid unnecessary mistakes or regrets. He gracefully reminds us all to live our best life as best we can.Thank you Quincy Jones!

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wise and eloquent

This book was absolutely brilliant and really hit me in ways I didn't quite expect. I can't wait to listen again.

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What a magnificent journey!

Thank you Quincy for all the amazing advices & keeping the respect to all the music savants that came before any of us, our beautiful musical Predecessors thank you. I know this will be a book that I will read and re- read over and over again. And of course I’m gonna recommend it to anyone who needs little polishing and ofc a piece of humility 🥧 . I loved it! I recommend it to anyone in the music industry or anyone who wants to be an amazing lasting creator please listen very carefully to the powerful words on this exclusive audio book from the master Quincy Jones❤️
Thank you
VButterfly🦋

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  • 04-06-22

very inspirational read/listen

First book in a while that I listened to in one go (excepting changing from speakers to headphones ) A great explanation of ordering the minefield that is a creative life. Blessed be...

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  • 06-20-22

Beyond Music

Quincy gives us an incredible view through his life philosophy intertwined with music. Special book!

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  • 04-21-22

Outstanding

I didn’t want this to end some great stories abs practical tips. I hope this book gets made into a physical book too. Must listen for musicians

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  • 06-08-22

amazing book definitely worth a read:)

life lessons spoken candidly with much affection with the experiences from decades from the amazing Quincy Jones :)

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  • 04-23-22

Awesome and amazing shared wisdom

I loved listening to this audio, to date this has been the most enlightening ( to me ) of this time about life lessons seen and unseen. I have always respected Quincy Jones before, but, OM ghosh in my opinion he is the most amazing super musical genius of all times. This has been such a beautiful rhythmic listen and ongoing shared nuggets of wisdom. How genius was it to use the title of the 12 notes of life and creativity. Thank you soo much Sir Quincy Jones….Musical legend.

Loved it; Loved it; Loved it.

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  • 04-23-22

Inspiring

Real and inspiring. the sort of story you would hear backstage and carry through life.

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  • 04-14-22

Phenomenal

Beautiful, powerful and thoroughly enjoyable. I loved this audiobook. Quincy Jones has provided lessons for all to learn from. Narrated perfectly and a pleasure to listen to.

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