To Benefit Cancer Research, Passels of His Peers Laud Composer Quincy Jones

updated 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jellybean Benitez praised him as "brilliant, a genius who taught me everything I know about producing." Singer James Ingram said he was "one of the best human beings I've ever met." It was that kind of night at the New York Hilton for composer and producer Quincy Jones when he was given the T.J. Martell Foundation's Humanitarian Award. The award is presented annually to a music business executive who, according to a foundation spokesman, has made significant personal contributions to the industry. The foundation is the music trade's favorite charity. This year it raised more than $3.6 million for cancer research, keeping its overhead to a low 3 percent. The 2,000 music industry biggies, including Stevie Wonder, Patti Austen and Donny Osmond, paid from $300 to $100,000 for their meal tickets. Although Michael Jackson did not attend, he recently pledged a 19-bed wing to the Martell Foundation's lab at Mount Sinai Medical Center. The guests came to praise, not to braise, Quincy. He, in turn, saluted the foundation's work. "We're not talking about making records, we're talking about saving lives," Jones said. "The major leagues."

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