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Jazz fans get their due at SIFF with Quincy Jones tribute

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Quincy Jones is coming back to his old stomping grounds of Seattle. This time around Jones will be basking in the spotlight of the Seattle International Film Festival as he will be honored with SIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The tribute to Jones will kick off tomorrow night when SIFF screens the 1964 Sidney Lumet drama “The Pawnbroker.” The film not only includes a standout performance by Rod Steiger as a holocaust survivor turned pawnbroker, but also includes a killer score by Quincy Jones. The soundtrack alone should be enough to make sure you’re at the front of the ticket holder queue line. “The Pawnbroker” screens Tuesday, June 3 at 7 pm at the Harvard Exit.

The Quincy Jones celebration spills into the following evening as Jones strolls down the red Carpet at SIFF Cinema Uptown before the screening of “Keep On Keepin’ On.” The film was four years in the making and follows jazz-legend Clark Terry as he mentors Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano prodigy. Adding to his many talents, Quincy Jones served as a producer on the film. Jones will be presented with the festival’s Lifetime Achieving Award before the screening and will stick around afterward for a moderated conversation following the film.

Jones will hit the red carpet Wednesday, June 4 at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 6:30pm with accolades and awards to follow inside at 7 pm.

If you liked what you saw, and heard, up on the screen during “Keep On Keepin’ On” you’ll have the chance to relive the magic with a live performance from the Justin Kauflin Trio at The Triple Door on Thursday, June 5. The performance is slated to kick off at 7 pm with an introduction by Quincy Jones. For tickets visit: The Triple Door.

The tribute to Quincy Jones wraps up with an encore presentation of “Keep On Keepin’ On.” If you weren’t able to catch it Wednesday night (or liked it so much you want to see it again) SIFF has programmed another festival screening of the film on Friday, June 6 at 4 pm (SIFF Cinema Uptown). This could be your last chance to see Quincy Jones at this year’s SIFF as he will stand in front of the silver screen to say a few words and introduce “Keep On Keepin’ On” before he heads back to work on his next – undoubtedly - award-winning project.

For additional information on the Quicny Jones Tribute and other screenings at SIFF visit: www.siff.net

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