The BeBop Channel (beboptv.com
), the first television station to focus on scripted jazz programming, is acquiring The New York Japanese Jazz Festival
(NYJJF) as soon as October, 2019.
NYJJF, originally conceived by Art Blakey and Duke Ellington Orchestra alum, trombonist Gregory Charles Royal
back in 2014 and licensed this past June to saxophonist Vincent Herring
, who produced the festival with Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
in July, fits perfectly into “BeBop’s” plans says Royal, who is also The BeBop Channel Corporation CEO.
“We are developing the channel’s ecosystem well beyond just television shows and movies to also embrace related live experiences which we believe support each other. The history and global nature of the Japanese jazz experience to both our future streaming content and e-commerce plans demonstrate that very concept.”
The BeBop Channel, which is also slated to acquire the New York Jazz Film Festival
in similar fashion, believes it is setting the bar for jazz in the 21st century as the only entity of its kind to offer commercial investment opportunity through stock ownership for viewers, musicians, and producers alike.
Royal concludes: “As great as Jazz at Lincoln Center, WBGO and PBS may be, a jazz lover can’t invest in them to make money. The BeBop Channel provides that opportunity.”