Catskill Record Company Earns Grammy Nomination

December 5th, 2014, 3:39 pm by Greg
The Vanguard Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Congratulations go out to Planet Arts, the Catskill-based indie record label, who earned a Grammy nomination today (Friday, December 5) for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s album, OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer.

The album, which was released in August, has been nominated in the Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album category.

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In 2009, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra won the Grammy Award in the same category for their Planet Arts album, Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard.

Planet Arts is a small record label headed by Tom Bellino, who has been working with VJO since 1995. He launched the record company in order to get the band’s music heard. “Early on, I shopped a VJO record around to a bunch of other labels, but no one wanted to do a big band album,” says Bellino. “So I told the guys in the band, ‘I have an idea for this record company where we can all be part of it, a new kind of record company model.'”

The result was VJO’s 2002 album, Can I Persuade You?, the first album released on the Planet Arts Recordings imprint. “And we got a Grammy nomination the first time out,” says Bellino.

Now, they’ve got another nomination under their belt. But they’ll have to wait until the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 8 to find out whether they’ll win another trophy.

In addition to being a record label, Planet Arts also produces jazz concerts, such as the concert featuring trumpeter Chris Pasin & Random Acts of Kindness, who are performing at 8pm on Saturday (December 6) at the recently opened Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill. Tickets are $10.