Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital & Online
Like Netflix for jazz… that’s how one BBC personality put it, when introducing Qwest TV, an online library of concert videos and feature documentaries, most of them unavailable on YouTube or any other streaming site.
When it goes live on Dec. 15, Qwest will feature 50 videos, most from 30 to 90 minutes long. Check out the website here.
“You remember 10 percent of what you hear and 30 percent of what you see,” Quincy Jones said in an interview, noting that he viewed Qwest as a way to maintain jazz’s staying power in the digital age. “When you see it, it hits you twice as hard.”
Qwest will indeed operate like a highly specialized version of Netflix: Members pay a small fee each month for access to the full video library. It also resembles more boutique streaming platforms like Mubi, the art-film streaming service, or Boiler Room, an organization that archives its own underground-music concerts on its website.