Former Jazz FM boss launches new jazz service

A brand-new jazz streaming platform called jazzed has been launched by former Jazz FM CEO Jonathan Arendt as co-founder.

“jazzed” bills itself as the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming destination for jazz and will offer an integrated experience for fans to listen, watch and read about the music they love.

The service features hand-curated audio channels, exclusive video content, podcasts, documentaries, interviews and much more.

The platform’s video content will offer music videos, artist interviews, live concerts and sessions whilst its editorial content will be drawn from a variety of sources led by an exclusive relationship with US jazz publication JAZZIZ, whose archive of features, interviews and album reviews is second to none.

The service says licensing terms have been agreed with all the major labels as well as with PPL representing the independents.

jazzed CEO Jonathan Arendt: “There’s strong evidence that mainstream streaming services are not meeting the needs of specialist music fans. We know that jazz listeners are interested in a deeper experience than offered by mainstream platforms and believe that jazzed, with its rich artist meta-data, HD audio quality, premium video content and beautifully curated channels is the solution.”

jazzed is a subscription service and at launch will provide initially two tiers – jazzed, an ad-funded freemium tier with 10 audio channels and video and editorial offering, and jazzed+, a premium tier priced at £5.99 a month which offers a deeper curated experience of 40+ audio channels with an extensive choice of exclusive video and editorial.

jazzed premium, a full on-demand tier providing a vast audio and video catalogue of jazz and its derivative genres, as well as more exclusive content, will be launched later this year in premium HD quality.

jazzed was co-founded by former Jazz FM boss Jonathan Arendt (CEO), digital tech music pioneer Frank Taubert (COO) and former Bertelsmann and Sony Music executive Marcel Engh (CMO).

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