Published since 2000
Ken has collected jazz for over three decades and been a jazz journalist since 1988.
Norris has one ongoing battle. In spite of most of his sales coming in the US, American jazz magazines sporadically review Sackville CDs. "Bill Smith and I also ran a jazz record store in the '70s. I always have gone out to sell CDs where people are playing. When there were venues for people to play, quite a reasonable percentage of sales were made on location for some releases. American musicians often played for one or two weeks here and that's how we got the opportunity to record many of them here in Toronto.
The irony is that sales are better now than they used to be, even though there are fewer record stores. You don't make any money recording jazz or running a jazz magazine, you get by." But Norris has no interest in a label website. "I'm not computer savvy, I use a computer as a word processor, but I'm not online. But the Sackville catalogue is available on iTunes and sold through Amazon and Barnes & Noble."
Pressed to name some of his favorite records, Norris mentioned Jay McShann's The Man From Muskogee with violinist Claude Williams. "It refutes all of the disparaging remarks that John Hammond made about Williams. He fired him from the Basie band. We recorded it in June 1972 just before the first Newport in New York festival. Another is Jay's vocal album I'm Just a Lucky So and So. I also like albums by Frank Rosolino with the Ed Bickert Trio, Buddy Tate... I've made lots of records with Jim Galloway."
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