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Quincy Jones to launch Jazz SVOD, 'Qwest TV'


Iconic music producer and entertainment mogul—Quincy Jones—is teaming up with French television producer Reza Ackbaraly for the launch of the world’s first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform celebrating all things jazz titled Qwest TV.





According to BroadbandTVNews, The new services will feature a selection of exclusive, original content including concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage, available on 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.


Early bird subscribers may also have a chance to win 2-free month subscriptions, Qwest TV T-Shirts, a ball cap and tickets to Qwest TV launch parties in either London, Paris, Los Angeles or New York City.


“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,” said Jones in a statement.


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