On November 18, 2016, the talented iconic, vivacious, heroic, Miss Sharon Jones lost her long, courageous, brave, and hard-fought battle with cancer.
All of us at Jazz Roots Rhythms join her family, her extended music family and fans around the world in remembering, celebrating her life and legacy and being thankful for the wonderful legacy she left us.
Often referred to as neo-soul, retro-soul and soul revival, 70s and 80s soul is undergoing a renaissance. Spearheading this soulful resurgence is Brooklyn-based Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Although the members of the group are steeped in playing funk-drenched soul, they are straight out of Brooklyn, New York and record for Daptone Records, an independent company that is also based in that New York borough. The band has traveled the world for more than a decade.
With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the Queen of Funk -- that stuck. Jones released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings ( Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss, and Dave Guy), Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, after signing with Daptone Records in 2002. Charles Bradley records for the record company.
In 2005, Jones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with 100 Days, 100 Nights. In 2013 Jones was diagnosed with cancer -- but she continued to perform as often as her therapy schedule would permit, sometimes appearing on-stage with a bald head after chemotherapy caused her hair to fall out. In late 2013, Jones was well enough to complete work on the next Dap-Kings album, and Give the People What they Want appeared in 2014.
Jones and the Dap-Kings returned in October 2015 with a collection of Christmas and Hanukkah tunes titled It's a Holiday Soul Party.
Call it Neo-soul, retro-soul or soul revival, the popularity of the band, and sweet soul music, is exemplified by their touring schedule that that takes them around the world.
Note: The multi-award nominated Miss Sharon Jones documentary, from two-time Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple, is being being shown in many theaters around the country.