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Keeping up with Jones

Composer busy with 'Rich,' 'Purple'

Quincy Jones segues between Hollywood and the scoring and mixing stages of Par’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin.'” And before he heads to B’way as a producer with Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey of “The Color Purple,” he winged out Friday to Cambodia.

He heads a 19-member delegation of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, teaming with reps of UNICEF, non-governmental organizations in researching the needs of children. The group includes: philanthropists Chris and Basil Stamos (who have underwritten costs of the trip) Sandra Shinn Nicholson, Charles “Chip” Lyons, prexy of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Elizabeth Panessa of UNICEF and health, medical and education group reps.

They arrive in Phenom Phen Sunday, join with UNICEF, ASAID, MOH members, visit regional hospitals, home health care teams and meet Cambodia’s 52 year-old King Sihamoni (Preah Bat, Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni ) in the Phenom Phen palace. The group visits Angkor Wat on the final day. Oct. 27.

The purpose of the trip “is to educate Quincy and the private donors about both the challenges and opportunitites to make a difference in the lives of children in the poorest regions of the world.”

Quincy aims to establish the “Q Prize,” to recognize “young visionaries around the world.” His next site for the Foundation is Rwanda. Quincy hosted that country’s president at his L.A. home last month.

On his return from Cambodia, Jones is paged to do an “Apprentice” seg for Donald Trump. He is also working on the score of “Africa Blam,” a show for Cirque du Soleil. He describes it as “the evolution of blues from Africa to Spain, Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and New Orleans. “I’ve been working on it for 30 years,” Quincy said. An album of remixed Jones tunes, “Po No Mo” is also in the works.

Jones has removed from his agenda, the long-in-preparation B’way musical of “Sammy,” a Sammy Davis Jr. tuner for which he and Leslie Bricusse had been penning the book and music.

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