R.I.P. Sharon Jones (1956-2016)

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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.

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