Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sharon Jones Remembered in Pictures

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Edward Hessler

I loved the late Sharon Jones and her band the Dap Kings--great soul and funk.  She died of pancreatic cancer in 2016 at age 60.

Chemotherapy made Jones bald so she performed bald for that period of time. Her success was far from overnight. She worked as a corrections officer at Riker's Island and also as a security guard for Wells Fargo on the very long way up and wasn't well known until she was about forty.  She owned every stage she put foot on. And shared it as well with her band and her audience.

Jones lived her values. According to the Wiki entry, Jones "was committed to the Daptone Label, an independent. She cited artistic freedom and (her) commitment to the band."

NPR published some photographs of her in a variety of settings. Here they are and here is one of her most well known recordings. And one more.

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