Quincy Jones has announced he will host a special 85th birthday at the O2 Arena in London. The show will feature a huge range of special guests, including Corinne Bailey Rae, Caro Emerald, Jess Glynne, Lalah Hathaway, Mick Hucknall, Beverley Knight, Jonah Nilsson, Mark Ronson, Jack Savoretti, Andreas Varady, Paul Weller and more tba.
It will take place on Wednesday 27th June, at London's O2 Arena.
As as well a celebration of his own career, the event will also feature a tribute to Rod Temperton, with a full symphony orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley.
Quincy Jones commented on the concert:
"For many years, I couldn't play in the UK because the unions wouldn't allow Americans to do concerts there. Finally, it worked out for us to go in '96 for a tribute to Nelson Mandela, and I conducted a show at the Royal Albert Hall with Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Letta Mbulu, and many other talented performers. I'll never forget standing on the stage thinking that, after waiting 30 years, I was finally able to perform in such a historic venue.
Anyways, it was a long time coming, so every time I get to return to the UK, it's truly meaningful; after not being allowed in at one point, you never take it for granted. But more importantly, I know this show is going to be an emotional one for me because we'll be doing a tribute to my brother Rod Temperton, on his home turf. I love and miss him with all of my heart and soul, but I'm definitely looking forward to sharing such a special moment with his home country."
Tickets for the show are on sale now, available here.