The legendary Quincy Jones has moved his music publishing catalog of more than 1,600 copyrights from major publisher Warner/Chappell Music to indie publisher Cherry Lane Music Publishing.

Jones and the New York-based Cherry Lane signed a multi-year, administration deal for copyrights spanning five decades of music, including songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Brothers Johnson, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Barry White, Ray Charles and Ludacris. The catalog also includes film and TV music, such as "Soul Bossa Nova" featured in the Austin Power movies and the "Sanford and Son" TV program theme.

"We are truly honored to be representing one of the great catalogs of American popular music," says Peter Primont, CEO of Cherry Lane. "We look forward to creative collaborations with Quincy and his team to bring this music to the widest possible audience."

Joel Sill, a veteran music publisher and record producer, brought the parties together. Sill, who acts as a consultant to Cherry Lane, has also served as music supervisor for such films as "Easy Rider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "Bobby."

For Jones, the relationship with Cherry Lane and Sill has a special significance. "When I was 19 years old, I was in Lionel Hampton's band touring across California," Jones says. "We did 27 one-nighters promoted by two people, one of which was a gentleman named Lester Sill. One of Lester's sons, Chuck Kaye, also worked as a concessionaire on that tour. More than 50 years later I've come full circle. I'm proud to announce my deal with Cherry Lane and Joel Sill and look forward to working in conjunction with such a talented team of publishing executives."

Cherry Lane will be producing a multi-CD sampler of highlights of the catalog for its film, TV, advertising and new media clients. Its print company is planning a series of "Q Factor Arrangements," making available his arrangements of classic songs for orchestra.

Jones has earned 79 Grammy Award nominations, won 27 Grammys and has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards. In 1991, he received the Grammy Legends Award.

He has also been a strong advocate of music education for the young. As part of his new relationship with the publisher, his thoughts about music and the music business will be featured in "Music Alive!," Cherry Lane's educational music magazine for teenagers that reaches more than 400,000 students each month of the school year.