Jack Norton is an Emmy Award winning artist and the host of “Jack Spins Shellac”, a podcast devoted to playing the lost gems of the phonograph era (1900 through 1945).
His strange childhood included having oddball ukulele legend Tiny Tim as a neighbor and babysitter. An avid musicologist and writer, while still in elementary school Jack corresponded with singer Tom Waits and authors Hubert Selby, Jr. and Nick Tosches. Enigmatic bluesman Leon Redbone was Jack’s occasional guitar teacher.
As a filmmaker, Jack’s corporate video production clients have included: the Pentagon (US Department of Defense), MTV, Disney Channel, Interscope, Island-Def Jam, KidzBop, Sony, Whole Foods and Justin Bieber.
Norton co-created, co-directed, co-wrote and co-starred in The Zinghoppers Show, a children’s television series which earned six regional Emmy Award nominations and was broadcast on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide and in 175 countries on the AFN Family Channel and on Trinity Broadcast Network. Jack’s 2015 feature length documentary film Jug Band Hokum, includes appearances by Garrison Keillor, Charlie Parr and rap legends Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The film had a successful run at major film festivals and independent cinemas around the world and is currently available on Amazon.
In addition to his work in film, Jack Norton was a successful performing musician and has toured with Norah Jones, Dave Van Ronk, Leon Redbone and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Recently with the vaudeville-folk duo Jack and Kitty, he performed in 19 countries for the US Pentagon, entertaining military families in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Jack and Kitty have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.
Although Jack prefers life behind the camera, his acting work includes credited roles opposite Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern in Wilson (2016) and an unfortunate stint as a prisoner in the Tom Six cult horror film The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence (2015). In 2017, four original songs written and performed by Norton were featured in the Oscar nominated Willem Dafoe film The Florida Project (A24) by director Sean Baker (Tangerine) which debuted at the 49th edition of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight as part of the Cannes Film Festival.