Quincy Jones to get honorary doctorate



Music producer Quincy Jones poses on the press line at the Entertainment Weekly Island Def Jam Grammy party in Los Angeles in this Feb. 10, 2008, file photo. Garfield High School graduate Quincy Jones will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Washington commencement, where the musician, composer, producer and arranger will speak on
June 14 in Husky Stadium.
(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

Quincy Jones will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Washington commencement, where the musician-composer-producer-arranger will speak on June 14.

The university's regents voted to award the degree at their meeting Thursday.

The 75-year-old Jones moved to Bremerton, Wash., with his family at age 10 and began playing the trumpet in junior high school. He also sang in a gospel quartet before moving to Seattle.

He has toured with Lionel Hampton's band, and has arranged for other musicians including Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and County Basie.

He's best known, though, as the producer of two of the biggest selling records of all time: Michael Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" and the single "We Are the World."

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