Monday, October 8, 2012

Quincy Jones Finally Gets Montblanc Patronage Award

ONE apt question is why he didn’t receive this award when it was established in 1992, for he more than qualified. Well, better late than never.

At last, Quincy Jones is a U.S. recipient of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award( It is awarded annually to 12 individuals around the world who have demonstrated a massive contribution to the arts in the form of time, energy and financial resources.

In addition to the award, QJ received a Montblanc ‘Patron of Art’ Limited Edition Writing Instrument and $20KUSD for the charity of his choice. QJ chose New York City’s Jazz Foundation of America, which is having its star-studded 21 Annual Jazz Loft Party fundraiser later in the month. (

Quincy Jones and Lang Lang on the red carpet outside of Chateau Marmont. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images.

Each honoree receives his due reward at a swanky ceremony in his or her home country. For QJ, it was Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont. Among those celebrating on Tuesday with the legendary composer and musical genius were Morgan Freeman, Montblanc cultural ambassador Lang Lang, Terri Hatcher and the recipient’s daughter, Rashida. (See video above of QJ talking about importance of award.)

Past recipients of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award: HRH Charles Prince of Wales, Young-Ho Kim, Judith Jamison, Wynton Marsalis, Queen Sofia of Spain and Susan Sarandon.

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