Ray & Stevie Honoring Quincy At 24th Kennedy Center Celebration (2001)
On December 2, 2001 Quincy Jones was one of the recipients of the 24th Kennedy Center Honors (together with Julie Andrews, Van Cliburn, Jack Nicholson and Luciano Paverotti).
At the gala, the audience was treated to a duet by Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, singing Let The Good Times Roll. Charles also sang My Buddy. The Genius also contributed a few piano notes to A Brand New Day (performed by Patti Austin, James Ingram and Stevie).
The show was broadcast on December 26, 2001 by CBS.
The LA Times wrote, “But on a night of seemingly endless standing ovations, the only tribute that really gets everyone from Laura Bush to Secretary of State Colin Powell moving in their seats is the last, for Jones. The segment, featuring Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, not only affirms Jones’ influence on pop music but also something about the arts: that there is more joy in the doing than the congratulating.”
A DVD copy of the show is for sale here.
Let The Good Times Roll:
A Brand New Day (starts at 17:06):