Quincy Jones

by odessa on February 26, 2015

Quincy Jones

Birth Name: Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 14, 1933

Ethnicity: African-American, with some English, Scottish, and Welsh

Quincy Jones is an American music, film, and television producer, instrumentalist, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, magazine founder, actor, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.

He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells) and Quincy Delight/Delightt Jones, a semi-pro baseball player. He has seven children; a daughter with his former wife, Jeri Caldwell; two children with his former wife, Swedish actress Ulla Andersson; a daughter with his former partner, Carol Reynolds; two children, actresses Kidada Jones and Rashida Jones, with his former wife, actress and model Peggy Lipton; and a daughter with his former partner, German actress and model Nastassja Kinski.

Quincy is of African-American (West African/Central African) ancestry, with some English, Scottish, and Welsh, heritage.

Quincy’s paternal grandparents were Caesar Jones and Susannah/Susanna Burgess (the daughter of West Burgess and Adele, or of Osborne Burgess and Elizabeth). Caesar and Susannah were born in South Carolina.

Quincy’s maternal grandfather was Love Adam Wells (the son of Nelson Wells and Sarah Campbell). Love was born in Mississippi.

Quincy’s maternal grandmother was Mary Belle Lanier (the daughter of James Balance Lanier and Cordelia Dickson). Mary Belle was born in Mississippi. James was caucasian, and had mostly English, as well as Scottish and Welsh, ancestry; he was the son of Needham Burch Lanier and Eliza/Elizabeth Ann Warnock or Adams. Cordelia was the daughter of Henry Dickson and Minerva.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Quincy’s genetic ancestry is:

*66% Sub-Saharan African
*34% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Quincy’s African DNA matches the Tikar people of Cameroon, the Sukuma people of Tanzania, the Tonga people of Mozambique, and the Fang people of Equatorial Guinea.

Sources: Genealogies of Quincy Jones – https://www.geni.com

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Samiiraa June 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

So Kidada and Rashida are 33% Subsaharan African and 67% European. That explains why they look more European.

andrew January 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm

He’s mixed. Even more so than his daughters, and yet people are desperate to claim them as black.

fuzzybear44 June 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

exactly Who is so desperate ?

madman August 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

He has stated that his father was half Welsh. This is not true?


follers August 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Most people are half Welsh.

andrew March 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm


It’s definitely possible, considering that his paternal Y-DNA is European.

GLXY March 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

CORRECTION: In his 2009 book , In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past., Henry Louis Gates wrote on page 55 more details about Quincy Jone’s african ancestry:

He has DNA matches with the Tikar people in Cameroon, Sukuma people in Tanzania, Tonga people in Mozambique and Fang people in Equatorial Guinea

slowdive December 29, 2015 at 1:12 am

Great music producer.

neiltennant December 30, 2015 at 7:12 am

Are you joking ? Only GREAT PRODUCER ?

he made MICHAEL JACKSON great

until OFF THE WALL michael jacksons music was tasteless but with the help of GOD JONES his music became great

plus i know some of those 60s produced stuff by Jones GREAT GREAT GREAT

fuzzybear44 December 31, 2015 at 1:43 am

@ Neilt

Well you’re right Quincy deserves a lot of praise for everything his done in his career. However it was more of a combination of Michael and Q that made the songs great. A good song gone to the wrong person, might not take off. It was Michael Jackson charisma and talent that made him great. He got out there in front of those people and sang his ass off to make people love those songs. I’m not taking anything away from Q, his is the man.

neiltennant August 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm


thank you :-)))

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