Vernon Jordan '57 Co-Chairs DC Tribute to Quincy Jones

Vernon Jordan '57 Co-Chairs DC Tribute to Quincy Jones

September 30, 2007

vernon jordan.jpgSeptember 30, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Vernon Jordan -- attorney, civil rights leader and 1957 graduate of DePauw University -- served as an honorary co-chair at a Thursday event honoring music impresario Quincy Jones. Chris Tucker, Gen. Colin Powell and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds were among the other honorary co-chairs of "An Evening With Quincy Jones" at George Washington University.

The event was presented by the HistoryMakers, a Chicago-based, non-profit video oral history archive. It featured Jones and PBS' Gwen Ifill discussing the former's life and his collaborations with Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson.

Known as a composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder,Quincy Jones Block.jpg multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian, Quincy Jones has received a multitude of awards over his long career. They include: an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy Awards, and is the all-time most nominated Grammy artist with a total of 79 nominations. Recently, he was inducted as a Kennedy Center Honoree, America's most prestigious artistic award.

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At June's Alumni Reunion Weekend celebration, Vernon Jordan told his 50th reunion class, "With all that we have accomplished, with all the experience and wisdom and smarts, we have a duty and a responsibility to contribute more to DePauw, to America, and to the world." Read more about Jordan, adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter, former president of the National Urban League, and a senior managing director of the Wall Street investment bank Lazard Fréres, and access audio of his entire June 9 speech, in this previous story.