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Label Watch: Arkadia

Bob Karcy

About 15 years ago, back when blank video tapes cost $15 each and the Beta-versus-VHS wars were going on, Bob Karcy started V.I.E.W. Video, a cutting-edge company that brought prerecorded video culture into the homes of thousands. Today, Karcy’s video company has a catalog of more than 300 live jazz concerts, documentaries, operas, ballets and classical music, and is enjoying great success. Now he’s following this up with a record label-Arkadia Jazz-and he’s spending most of his time getting the fledgling label off and running without a hitch.

To help, he’s signed on some of the great masters of the art- including Billy Taylor, Benny Golson and Dave Liebman, along with newcomers whom Karcy feels show great promise. He hopes for about a dozen titles in retail shops by the end of the year.

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