R.I.P. Sharon Jones (1956-2016)
Sharon Jones was almost unstoppable. Despite a cancer diagnosis in 2013, she kept performing with her Dap-Kings, refusing to wear wigs after chemo treatment and as fiery and energetic onstage as ever. Perseverance was the American funk and soul singer’s middle name. She didn’t release her first album until she was 40, but after that they came fast and furious, and 2014’s Give The People What They Want got a Grammy nod. Last year she gave us a holiday album of original and classic songs; this year we got the soundtrack to Miss Sharon Jones!, the documentary about her life. She played Toronto often, most recently on June 25 at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, and we will miss her so much. She suffered a stroke on election night, and according to bandmate Gabriel Roth, blamed Donald Trump. A second stroke 10 days later took her life.