Catskill Record Company Earns Grammy Nomination

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.

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.

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