Founded by Music Legend Quincy Jones
Announces December 15, 2017 Launch Date
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New York, NY - December 7, 2017 - Qwest TV, the world's first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform dedicated to jazz and jazz-inspired music forms founded by music legend Quincy Jones in collaboration with French jazz impresario and television producer Reza Ackbaraly, announced today its official global launch date set for December 15, 2017. The announcement comes just two months following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in Fall 2017 that raised nearly $170,000 USD, nearly double the platform's target goal.
First announced at Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2017, Qwest TV will feature over 100 curated concerts, documentaries, interviews and archives of premium jazz and related eclectic music original content, through a responsive platform available for access on computers, mobile and tablet devices. Subscriptions are available in Standard (SD) or Premium (HD/4K) formats, with pricing starting at $7.49 USD per month. All subscription tiers are ad-free. Customers can subscribe at www.qwest.tv.
Initial content available on launch date will include content featuring artists such as Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Anderson .Paak, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Glasper, Jacob Collier, Sun Ra, Al Jarreau, Maceo Parker, Chick Corea, Gregory Porter, Macy Gray, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pharoah Sanders, Elvin Jones, Milton Nascimento, and many more. A variety of new original content will be added on a monthly basis.
Visit www.qwest.tv/catalog for a complete list of launch content.
With support from musicians such as Questlove, Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington, Chucho Valdes, Zakir Hussain and many more, Qwest TV's objective is to increase the popularity of jazz, highlighting its influence on other types of music from hip-hop to electronic music, introducing new talent, and bringing to light its major role in the evolution of society to engage the next generation.
"I have witnessed first-hand the power of jazz - and all of its off-spring from the blues and R&B to pop, rock and hip-hop, to tear down walls and bring the world together. I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will view Bird, Miles and Dizzy as our Mozarts, Bachs, Chopins and Tchaikovskys," says Quincy Jones, Qwest TV Co-founder. "It's my hope that Qwest TV will serve to carry forth and build on the great legacy that is jazz for many generations to come."
Each program will be accompanied by informative liner notes written by journalists and jazz experts, and subscribers will also be guided by playlists created every month by guest curators (ranging from music experts, producers, record label owners as well as famous musicians).
"At Qwest TV, jazz and jazz-inspired music are going to be at the root of everything we do, but we also want to highlight their influence on culture and music in general, the connections between different musical genres, and how jazz is constantly evolving and keeping up with the times," says Reza Ackbaraly, Qwest TV co-founder.
The December 15 launch will be celebrated with a special live concert in Paris featuring artists such as Jacob Collier, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Moh Kouyaté, Magic Malik, Mederic Collignon (performing a special Quincy Jones tribute), Sylvain Luc, and Omar Sosa. The concert will be livestreamed through Qwest.tv and available for Video on Demand playback following the livestream, an example of prime original content Qwest TV will produce.
About Qwest TV
Created in October 2017 after several years in the making, Qwest TV, the world's first streaming-video service celebrating jazz and jazz-inspired music forms, is based in Los Angeles, CA, USA, and Paris, France. Supported by a first-class team of artists, producers, venues and festivals, Qwest TV offers its subscribers around the world a carefully curated selection of high-definition, 100% legal films and videos.
For more information on Qwest TV, visit qwest.tv
New Venture Will Be The World’s First Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) Platform Dedicated To Jazz And Jazz-Inspired Music Forms
LOS ANGELES, July 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones, in collaboration with jazz impresario and television producer Reza Ackbaraly, has announced the formation of Qwest TV, the world’s first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform dedicated to jazz and jazz-inspired music forms.
Debuting fall 2017, subscribers to Qwest TV will choose when and where to watch a personalized, hand-picked selection of exclusive, original content including concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage on their mobile devices and computers in HD or 4K for a monthly fee starting at $7.49.
Pre-launch subscriptions to Qwest TV will be available starting September 6 via Kickstarter. The first 1,500 “co-founding subscribers” will have the privilege of helping develop Qwest TV before the roll out of the service in the fall. Co-founding subscribers will receive a full year of Qwest TV Premium, VIP access to the Qwest TV team for sharing feedback and feature requests, and other special benefits available only during the pre-launch campaign on Kickstarter, including collectible t-shirts, posters, headphones, concert tickets, and gold, platinum and vinyl records signed by Quincy Jones himself.
Commented Jones, “The dream of Qwest TV is to let jazz and music lovers everywhere experience these incredibly rich and diverse musical traditions in a whole new way. At my core, I am a bebopper, and over the course of my seventy-year career in music I have witnessed firsthand the power of jazz – and all of its off-spring from the blues and R&B to pop, rock and hip-hop, to tear down walls and bring the world together. I believe that a hundred years from now, when people look back at the 20th century, they will view Bird, Miles and Dizzy, as our Mozarts, Bachs, Chopins and Tchaikovskys, and it is my hope that Qwest TV will serve to carry forth and build on the great legacy that is jazz for many generations to come.”
Commented Qwest TV co-founder Reza Ackbaraly, “By bringing Qwest TV to the general public and to universities everywhere, we seek to promote the values inherent to jazz: hard work, diversity, openness towards others, mutual respect and consideration, cooperation, and improvisation. Jazz touches people across all national, social and cultural boundaries. Qwest TV is of course about extending that reach, but it is also about bringing exciting music from around the world back to jazz and music lovers who have yet to discover it. Quincy and I plan to build a community where the love goes both ways.”
Qwest TV aligns the booming subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market with the increasing popularity of jazz, highlighting its influence on other types of music from hip-hop to electro, and bringing to light its major role in the evolution of society. Supported by its international network of artists, producers, and venues, Qwest TV has already secured international rights to over 400 titles and plans to acquire an additional 600 titles within its first three years.
From Billie Holiday to Esperanza Spalding, Sun Ra to Kamasi Washington, Bill Evans to Flying Lotus, and Ravi Shankar’s soaring sitar solos to the traditions of Cuban Santería; Qwest TV will reflect a live music video collection never before available on one platform. Qwest TV will serve not only as a treasure trove of the jazz tradition but also as a trailblazing springboard for new talent. Furthermore, Qwest TV will share its extensive catalog with a worldwide network of universities and other premier educational institutions.
Learn more about Qwest TV and pre-launch subscriptions on the Kickstarter campaign page.
More information: www.qwest.tv