Quincy Jones’ new subscription video-on-demand platform dedicated entirely to jazz will launch December 15th. Qwest TV will offer a curated lineup of over 100 “concerts, documentaries, interviews and archives of premium jazz and related eclectic music original content.”
“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,” Jones said. “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. 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.”
Qwest TV will also receive support from musicians like Questlove, Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington, Gilles Peterson, Marcus Miller and more. Per a statement, the network hopes “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.” Read more from Rolling Stone.