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Quincy Jones is bringing a bit of razzamatazz to Budapest

Budapest, Hungary – Quincy Jones will be celebrating his 85th birthday this year with a world tour which will include only two major concerts in Europe, one of which will be held in Budapest on July 16th!

The often controversial multi-award winning musician-producer recently came back into the spotlight after a gossip-filled interview with Vulture where he, among other things, accused Michael Jackson of plagiarism, called The Beatles “the worst musicians in the world”, declared that he used to date Ivanka Trump… and announced he knew who JFK’s killer was. For those who live under in a cave and missed that, here’s the full interview.

«Q» won 28 Grammys over his career which spans six decades, most notably winning the Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards in 1984 for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Beat It. He also produced the King of Pop’s Off the Wall (1979) and Bad (1987), conducted the 1985 charity song We Are the World and worked closely with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Miles Davis and many more musical legends. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

On July 16th, Quincy Jones will perform with an award-winning jazz ensemble at the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena, bringing along bassist Richard Bona, Grammy and Tony award-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, among others.

Amongst this star-studded cast will be less-known 20-year old up-and-coming Hungarian jazz guitarist András Várady, known as Andreas Varady in the United States, who was discovered by Quincy Jones at the age of 14. Born into a Hungarian Romani family living in Slovakia, András had been playing guitar since the age of four under the direction of his father. His family later moved to Ireland where he met Irish drummer and producer David Lyttle after writing to him on YouTube. It is his growing presence on YouTube that brought him to the attention of Quincy Jones and led him to perform at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, as its youngest-ever headliner, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival as part of Quincy’s band in 2012.

Needless to say, the concert will be rather jazzy! Tickets here.

In the meantime, here’s a little bit of razzamatazz to lighten up your day:

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