Quincy Jones Special Feature: 80 Years, Four Parties

Celebrating For A Cause, Jones Joins Friends In Multiple Countries By CRAIG ROSEN

On March 14, Quincy Jones celebrates his 80th birthday, but the celebration won't start and stop there.

Rather fittingly, for a man whose travels and musical influence have spanned the globe, Jones' 80th will be celebrated in four different countries in April, July and August.

First, on April 13, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Jones will celebrate his birthday with his "celestial twin," actor Michael Caine. The two were born within minutes of each other on March 14, 1933--Jones in Chicago, Caine in London--and became friends when Jones scored the original version of "The Italian Job," starring Caine, in 1969.

The celebration will double as the 17th annual Power of Love Gala and benefit the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a cause close to Jones' heart since he suffered two near-fatal brain aneurysms in 1974.

Barbra Streisand is expected to appear, and there will be performances and tributes from Stevie Wonder, Bono, Carlos Santana, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Jordin Sparks, Terence Howard, Patti Austin, Will.i.am, Whoopi Goldberg and others.

On July 21, the celebration will move to the Montreux Jazz Festival, where Jones will be honored, alongside a tribute to his friend, festival founder Claude Nobs, who died in January.

Three days later, Jones will celebrate again with Caine on the actor's home turf at London's Royal Opera House.

Finally, on July 31 and Aug. 1, Jones will have one final birthday bash in Tokyo with Japanese music executive Tom Nagashima, the son of the late, legendary concert promoter Tats Nagashima.