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Qwest TV (qwest.tv) is a celebration of unique talents, traditions, and rhythms. With more than a thousand music-related experiences on offer, the video streaming service strives to be the world’s home for jazz, soul, funk, classical, and world music. Co-founded and curated by Quincy Jones, the channel preserves the richness of history, ...

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Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV Brings World-Changing Music and Performances to Amazon Fire TV

Qwest TV, the streaming video service dedicated to high-calibre, world-changing music and artists, is now available on Amazon Fire TV worldwide. The service’s subscription SVOD offering can now be downloaded from the Amazon App store and enjoyed on any television connected to Fire.

“We want to give music and art lovers as many opportunities as possible to engage with the extraordinary performances on Qwest TV, no matter what their preferred device and viewing context may...

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  • Variety, Feature story, 06/19/2020, Quincy Jones Launches Initiative to Bring Jazz, Blues and Gospel Awareness Into Schools Text
  • Broadway World, Feature story, 10/20/2020, Quincy Jones' Qwest TV To Hold Virtual Press Conference, November 3 Text
  • Global Money World, Feature story, 10/21/2020, Quincy Jones’ QWEST TV Announces Virtual Press Conference, November 3 Text
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09/24/2020, Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV Brings World-Changing Music and Performances to Amazon Fire TV
09/24/202009/24/2020, Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV Brings World-Changing Music and Performances to Amazon Fire TV
Announcement
09/24/2020
Announcement
09/24/2020
Qwest TV, the streaming video service dedicated to high-calibre, world-changing music and artists, is now available on Amazon Fire TV worldwide. The service’s subscription SVOD offering can now be downloaded from the Amazon App store and enjoyed on any television connected to Fire. MORE» More»

Qwest TV, the streaming video service dedicated to high-calibre, world-changing music and artists, is now available on Amazon Fire TV worldwide. The service’s subscription SVOD offering can now be downloaded from the Amazon App store and enjoyed on any television connected to Fire.

“We want to give music and art lovers as many opportunities as possible to engage with the extraordinary performances on Qwest TV, no matter what their preferred device and viewing context may be,” says Réza Ackbaraly, Qwest TV CEO. “Fire TV is one step on our journey to have this music available everywhere, to everyone.”

Access to and exploration of the world’s great music are key parts of how Qwest TV’s co-founders music legend Quincy Jones and Ackbaraly envisioned the service. Qwest TV unites amazing performances and insightful documentaries by everyone from Miles Davis to George Clinton to Anderson .Paak and Erykah Badu. In addition to its subscription-based on-demand tier, Qwest TV’s linear channels, Qwest Jazz & Beyond (jazz, soul/funk, world), Classical (opera, dance, classical concerts from all over the world), and Mix (hip hop, electronic, indie rock, and more), give music fans access to some of the best, thoughtfully curated performances and documentaries from performers around the world. 

“The combination of wide availability and deep, thoughtful programming sets Qwest TV apart from other music services and big, catch-all OTT generalists,” Ackbaraly reflects. “Our commitment to access and stellar quality runs through everything we do.” 

About Qwest TV

Qwest TV (qwest.tv) is a celebration of unique talents, traditions, and rhythms. With more than a thousand music-related experiences on offer, the video streaming service strives to be the world’s home for jazz, soul, funk, classical, and world music. Co-founded and curated by Quincy Jones, the channel preserves the richness of history, while reflecting the present-day beauty and reality of culturally and racially diverse people.

Announcement
09/24/2020

08/24/2020, Qwest TV Partners with Samsung to Enhance Music Offerings on Samsung TV Plus
08/24/202008/24/2020, Qwest TV Partners with Samsung to Enhance Music Offerings on Samsung TV Plus
Announcement
08/24/2020
Announcement
08/24/2020
Qwest TV’s three new music-focused channels will be joining Samsung TV Plus which comes automatically installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung Smart TVs. Co-founded by music icon Quincy Jones, the premium music-related video service will appear as a featured channel on the Samsung Smart TV platform for several weeks... MORE» More»

Qwest TV’s three new music-focused channels will be joining Samsung TV Plus which comes automatically installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung Smart TVs. Co-founded by music icon Quincy Jones, the premium music-related video service will appear as a featured channel on the Samsung Smart TV platform for several weeks to kick off the partnership. 

Qwest TV’s F.A.S.T channels--Qwest Jazz & Beyond (jazz, soul/funk, world), Qwest Classical (opera, dance, classical concerts from all over the world), and Qwest Mix (hip hop, electronic, indie rock, and more)--will give more music fans, access to some of the best, thoughtfully curated performances and documentaries from performers from around the world. Access and exploration are key parts of how Qwest TV’s co-founders Jones and Réza Ackbaraly envisioned the service.

“This partnership with Samsung is meaningful to our mission,” states Ackbaraly. “It increases the number of people who can tune into our channels and learn about our offerings. This growth will foster deeper engagement with and encourage enjoyment of classic gems and new, high-calibre music.”

Samsung TV Plus gives viewers instant access to the top news, sports, entertainment, and more. It's 100% free and doesn't require any downloads, credit cards, subscriptions or additional devices- just an internet connection. With more than 300 channels, TV Plus is available in a total of seven countries in Europe, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, France, Italy and Spain. In these countries alone there are millions of active monthly users.

The partnership harmonizes with Qwest TV’s mission to bring powerful music to people wherever they are and whatever their background and listening habits. “Jazz conditioned me to be an open thinker, and taught me how to improvise in nearly every area of my life,” reflects Jones. “It has always been focused on freedom and pure imagination, through an absolutely beautiful and nonrigid, democratic perspective on music and the world. Qwest TV mirrors that, letting viewers discover all these gems for free.”

About Qwest TV

Qwest TV (qwest.tv) is a celebration of unique talents, traditions, and rhythms. With more than a thousand music-related experiences on offer, the video streaming service strives to be the world’s home for jazz, soul, funk, classical, and world music. Co-founded and curated by Quincy Jones, the channel preserves the richness of history, while reflecting the present-day beauty and reality of culturally and racially diverse people. 

Announcement
08/24/2020

08/10/2020, Good Music from Everywhere, Anywhere: Qwest TV unveils new channels and experiences far beyond jazz
08/10/202008/10/2020, Good Music from Everywhere, Anywhere: Qwest TV unveils new channels and experiences far beyond jazz
Announcement
08/10/2020
Announcement
08/10/2020
Qwest TV, the on-demand music-centric streaming video service co-founded by Quincy Jones, is adding new channels and a free, ad-supported tier of curated linear streaming video, a broadcast-like experience of the world’s best music. MORE» More»

Qwest TV, the on-demand music-centric streaming video service co-founded by Quincy Jones, is here to bring viewers worldwide proof of Ray Charles’s insistence that “good music is good music.” To do this, the service is adding new channels and a free, ad-supported tier of curated linear streaming video, a broadcast-like experience of the world’s best music.

Qwest TV is launching three new linear channels as companions and complements to its flagship Jazz and Beyond SVOD service : Qwest Jazz and Beyond, Qwest Classical (featuring top performances in dance and opera and a range of classical concerts) and Qwest Mix (an always-intriguing eclectic selection of electronic, hip hop, folk pop, rock, and other styles from all over). These genre- and cross-genre collections can be enjoyed a la carte on demand by subscribers or as a linear feed by all. Viewers can dive into the linear offerings without a subscription and launch their own exploration of quality sounds.

“We’ve always said we were about jazz and beyond,” explains co-founder and CEO Réza Ackbaraly. “Jazz shares its roots, branches, and fruit with thousands of other breathtaking musical styles and approaches. They embrace the entire world, reflecting the creativity of people of every color, background, and era of recorded music. We want to break down the imaginary barriers that divide a classical virtuoso from a young MC, and let people find good music no matter what the style or sound.”

The expansion fits perfectly into Jones and Ackbaraly’s broader vision for the service as an educational hub and entertainment source. Already, the service has offered hundreds of educational institutions free access to its wide-ranging, high-calibre offerings. It continues to marry tech and a bigger-picture dream of bringing more culture to more people, allowing them to discover that good music is everywhere.

“I was taught from the start that there is no singular approach to music,” Jones reflects. “Our society has been indoctrinated to believe an inaccurate narrative that classical music is only for classical enthusiasts, or that world music only appeals to specific regions of our Earth, or that bebop is only for the older beboppin’ jazz cats. Our music springs from the same roots, and they inform much of what we call mainstream music today. Our platform provides listeners with a new and approachable way to discover the music that they were never formally introduced to. It’s time to break down the barriers for any willing ear, and Qwest TV is here to help bring you to new uncharted musical territories.”

About Qwest TV

Qwest TV (qwest.tv) is a celebration of unique talents, traditions, and rhythms. With more than a thousand music-related experiences on offer, the video streaming service strives to be the world’s home for jazz, soul, funk, classical, and world music. Co-founded and curated by Quincy Jones, the channel preserves the richness of history, while reflecting the present-day beauty and reality of culturally and racially diverse people. 

Announcement
08/10/2020

06/19/2020, Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV Offers Free Access to Educational and Cultural Institutions
06/19/202006/19/2020, Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV Offers Free Access to Educational and Cultural Institutions
Announcement
06/19/2020
Announcement
06/19/2020
With more than 1,000 video offerings, Qwest TV is bringing some of the most powerful performances in jazz, soul, funk, classical, and global music to students and educators for free. MORE» More»

With more than 1,000 video offerings, Qwest TV is bringing some of the most powerful performances in jazz, soul, funk, classical, and global music to students and educators for free. As part of its Qwest TV EDU initiative, the streaming service will provide carefully curated, culturally significant musical performances to all willing educational institutions starting in September 2020. All videos are available in the best possible quality.

This initiative comes in response to and in support of the worldwide protests against brutality and anti-Black racism. Qwest TV hopes to be an entry point for those wanting to connect with and learn more about the wide-ranging music made by Black Americans, along with other striking musical artists from around the world. (See Quincy Jones’ full statement on the matter below.)

Interested educators can find more here. Institutions already participating in the program include Harvard, Princeton, and The University of the Arts. The service now aims to reach as many students as possible, from elementary schools to conservatories and community colleges.

Qwest TV features a range of music-related content including concerts by everyone from Herbie Hancock to Anderson.Paak; archival recordings and rarities from pivotal artists from Louis Amstrong to Gregory Porter; and interviews and documentaries from Tony Allen to Questlove, to add vital context. Extensive notes written by scholars and journalists further enhance the experience. Music lovers and curious explorers can browse the service carefully curated channels and discover more about a country, style, or artistic movement that intrigues them.

 

A STATEMENT FROM QUINCY JONES ON THE QWEST TV EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Growing up in the Southside of Chicago and Bremerton, Washington during the Great Depression, I was fortunate enough to have been mentored by some of the greatest jazz cats of all time. I’m talking about Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Bird, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, you name it. The absolute best of the best. Their music and history was incredibly rich, and man, I got sucked in from day one. Fortunately, for me, I had a direct connection with these landmark figures, and now after having been on this planet for close to nine decades, I’ve personally experienced the highs and lows that this world has to offer.

Much to our collective disservice, the United States is the only country without a Minister of Culture, and this communal inattentiveness to our roots has been detrimental to our individual and collective understanding of identity. Oftentimes, people don’t know who they are because they have no frame of reference. Well, everything is based upon what has happened before us, and if you know where you come from, it’s easier to get where you want to go! Kids (and adults alike) need to know where they come from. Plain and simple. Big bands, Bebop, Doo-wop, Hip-Hop, Laptop, that’s all sociological. The bebop to hip-hop connection is about being aware: more specifically, being aware that all of our music springs from the same roots, and they inform much of what we call mainstream music today.

When I lived in Paris during the late 50's, I learned a great deal about life, because having come from America in the midst of segregation, Paris taught me about acceptance, regardless of color or culture. They loved jazz, and more importantly, they took people who looked like me in as their own. Man, we wouldn’t have jazz if it weren’t for the French and Congo Square during slavery. Jazz conditioned me to be an open thinker, and taught me how to improvise in nearly every area of my life. It has always been focused on freedom and pure imagination, through an absolutely beautiful and nonrigid, democratic perspective on music and the world.

In the same way, there is something absolutely beautiful about the fact that music has the unique ability to connect people from all walks of life. I'm talking about individuals of different races, beliefs, socio-economic statuses, you name it. And man, the history of our music is incredibly deep; the fact of the matter is, people don't know enough about it and the influence that it has had on our modern day music and life.

What we’re going through right now is nothing new. Take it from someone who has been on this planet since before electricity! ((:0)) It’s difficult to know what to say during a time such as this, because I’ve been dealing with racism my entire life. That said, it’s rearing its ugly head right now, and by God, it’s time to deal with it once and for all.

Before the late, great Duke Ellington passed, we did the Duke Ellington...We Love You Madly TV Special (my first television credit as a producer) and my blessed brother, Duke, gave me a photo of him, signed, “To Q, who will be the one to de-categorize American music,” and that's exactly what I've tried to do all of my life. Whether it was through the creation of my 1989 album, Back on the Block, a simmering musical stew of everything from jazz to world to hip-hop to swing music; to working with every genre under the sun; to the South Central to South Africa trip with Nelson Mandela, it has been a part of the very fabric of my calling to help break down the barriers for any willing ear.

So, it absolutely brings me a great deal of joy to announce that from September onwards, we at Qwest TV will be giving out free access to our “Qwest TV Educational Platform” to all willing elementary-high schools, music schools, colleges, and universities from all over the world, with over 1,000 programs of music, while rightly compensating the artists and rights owners. Documentaries, archives, and concerts from around the world highlight the beauty of our humanity and what makes our differences a strength to share. We want each kid and student to be able to freely explore their musical history by rediscovering their roots, both through jazz and beyond.

We’ve got to believe that we are multicultural miracles, and we at Qwest TV want all of you to embrace and celebrate that. The future is a bright, beautiful mix of colors, and we hope that many will join us by taking action in all fields of society, to lay the groundwork for a positive future for the kids of tomorrow.

Avec la patience, on arrive à tout! Merci!

-QUINCY JONES

For school and university representatives, reach out to edu@qwest.tv to provide your students with Qwest TV Educational platform for free starting in September 2020 onwards.

For artists and their representatives, if you would like to partake this initiative: artists@qwest.tv

For supporters wanting to share further ideas on how to nurture positive futures: positivefutures@qwest.tv

 

 

 

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