Jazzman Records was established by Gerald Short in the '90s as a dealer in rare funk & jazz LPs & 45s. In that time, the great John Peel that the teenage 'Jazzman' Gerald started to get into a wider variety of music than the usual mix of pop and rock that everyone else was into. Peel sometimes threw on the odd old jazz, blues or R&B side - even some funk at times - and it was these oldies but goodies that struck a chord in his musical imagination. This was all before the internet existed, so in order to get closer to hear more of these amazing sounds he made the move from his home town of Middlesbrough to London. As far as music is concerned, this was the centre of the universe, and it was also where all the records were. Or so he thought...
Most of the records that caught his ear were American in origin, and as such were highly priced in the capital city, way beyond what he could afford. So he saved up some money in order to fly to the US to unearth, discover and buy these old and obscure records. Living on a budget and sleeping on floors, he travelled throughout the US to find old LPs & 45s. Finding them in quantity and at low prices, he established Jazzman Records to import the records back to the UK, and set up a mailorder business based around his new record stall in Camden Market.
In the mid-‘90s the records started to become harder to find, the American stores and dealers began to put their prices up, and continual demand caused prices to start rising. So Gerald decided to start his Jazzman label in order to reissue the records that were either most in demand or were so rare that people who would never otherwise get to enjoy hearing them would be able to do so. These days some of the rarer records can now fetch thousands of dollars, so we endeavour to acquire the rights to reissue them so everyone can listen, not just the lucky few who can afford the high prices.
Later he went on a mission to re-release the best and most obscure and rare tracks from the late '60s and early '70s. The aim was to bring the long forgotten sound that didn't get any recognition in that time period. As well as running the Jazzman label he went on to set up two more labels, 'Stark Reality' releasing modern produced music with influence from the past, and 'Funk45' to reissue Deep Funk rarities. He later set up 'Soul Spectrum' and 'Soul7' to reissue Northern & Modern Soul rarities, 'Popcorn', 'Tittyshakers' and the 'Jukebox Jam' series reissuing '50s RnB, jive & blues rockers.
Sublabels: Fryers, Funk45, Jukebox Jam Series, Popcorn (4), RnB Hits, Soul Spectrum, soul45, Soul7, Spiritual Jazz,Stark Reality, Tittyshakin'.