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Quincy Jones to deliver SXSW 2009 keynote address

Legendary producer is Austin-bound in March

Quincy Jones has been announced as the keynote speaker at the 2009 South By Southwest Music Conference in March.

A legendary producer, composer and arranger, Jones was behind Michael Jackson‘s ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Thriller’ albums, the latter being the biggest-selling LP of all time.

Jones was also responsible for producing and conducting the all-star ‘We Are The World’ single in 1985 for Ethiopian famine relief.

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At the keynote speech on March 19, Jones is expected to discuss the power of music to influence and create positive change in the world.

As previously reported, a Quincy Jones tribute album is currently in the works, and Mark Ronson is working with Amy Winehouse on a cover of Lesley Gore‘s 1964 hit ‘You Don’t Own Me’ for the project.

Quincy Jones is a 27-time Grammy Award winner and is the all-time most nominated Grammy artist, with a total of 79 nominations.

The South By Southwest Music & Media Conference takes place between March 18 and 22, 2009.

–By our New York staff.

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