February 8, 2014

WHAT WE WANT:

Sharon Jones Returns to the Stage (TAD HENDRICKSON, Feb. 5, 2014, WSJ)

Ms. Jones was then preparing for the release of her fifth album, "Give the People What They Want." She went in for surgery in June, when the doctors found that she also had stage-two pancreatic cancer. They removed part of her pancreas, small intestine and gall bladder, and Ms. Jones then underwent chemotherapy.

"I didn't even think I would be here to see this day," she recalled. "I knew people would be buying this album, but I thought I'd never be on stage performing it. But I'm here to witness. I'm a living witness." [...]

Born in Augusta, Ga., and raised in Brooklyn and Queens since she was 3, Ms. Jones did low-profile work back in the '70s, but didn't change with the times as rhythm and blues, funk and soul morphed into disco, hip-hop and pop.

It wasn't until she recorded in 1996 with an early version of her current band the Dap-Kings (then called the Soul Providers) that success began to come. By then she'd had day jobs as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and an armored-car guard, performing on weekends in wedding bands.
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