APRIL 17, 2018

A Closer Look at the Dap-Kings: The Instrumentals Behind Saun & Starr's 'Look Closer

Exclusive Record Store Day 2018 release!

"A Closer Look at the Dap-Kings: The Instrumentals Behind Saun & Starr's 'Look Closer'" is out on April 21st in limited translucent blue-swirl vinyl.

APRIL 3, 2018

The Dap-Kings on tour with Jon Batiste

Excited to announce that The Dap-Kings will be going on tour with Jon Batiste this summer!

Together, they will be playing music inspired by New Orleans soul, Allen Toussaint and more.

4/07 - Indian Wells, CA - Indian Wells Music Festival
4/29 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Fest
5/26 - Charleston, SC - Spoleto Festival 
5/27 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Jazz Festival
6/24 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Jazz Fest 
7/29 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
9/22 - Monterey, CA - Monterey Jazz Festival

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MARCH 12, 2018

Gabe at the GRAMMY Museum

Gabe Roth, AKA Bosco Mann, will speak this Thursday at the GRAMMY Museum in LA about the 2nd wave of funk and soul. Also speaking are James Gadson (Bill Withers, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band); Miles Tackett (Breakestra, Funky Sole); Fanny Franklin (Orgone, Macy Gray, Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra); and Todd Simon (Ethio Cali, Breakestra, Kelis, Quantic).

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Romantic Songs

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a playlist of love songs by SJDK. Listen here.


FEBRUARY 7, 2018

The Dap-Kings: Tommy TNT Brenneck

Tommy on his first time meeting Sharon and more.

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JANUARY 30, 2018

The Dap-Kings: Sharon's Nicknames

"Well everybody's name was Boobadoo..."


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JANUARY 19, 2018

"Tear It Down"

We recorded “Tear It Down” during the Soul of a Woman sessions in 2016. Sharon was always passionate about progressive political issues and was a vocal critic of the plan to build a wall. In honor of the Women’s March tomorrow, please take a listen and, should you be so inclined, purchase the song at the Daptone shop or on our Bandcamp page. All proceeds from sales of “Tear It Down” will go the to the National Immigration Law Center, a policy education, legal training and litigation support resource for immigrants.

All donations made in the first 24 hours will be matched by Daptone Records.

"They keep trying to build more walls, we will tear them down."


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JANUARY 9, 2018

"Searching for a New Day" Video

The celebration of Soul of a Woman continues with a new video for "Searching For A New Day". The video takes place in a bar where clips of Sharon performing live play in the background as onlookers mingle, and a storyline unfolds as Sharon's legacy inspires a new generation of creative performers.

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NOVEMBER 17, 2017

The Dap-Kings Honor Sharon on the Tonight Show

The Dap-Kings performed a tribute to Sharon Jones on November 17 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The performed "Sail On!" and "Searching for a New Day". Watch it here:

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NOVEMBER 1, 2017

"Call On God"

Sharon Jones wrote “Call on God” in the late 1970’s for E.L. Fields' Gospel Wonders, a choir she sang with throughout most of her life at the Universal Church of God in New York City. She recorded the song with the Dap-Kings in 2007.

On December 18th, 2016, Pastor Margot Fields, E.L.’s widow, presided over Sharon's memorial service in Brooklyn which was attended by several of the original members of the Gospel Wonders who had come in from different parts of the country to help celebrate Sharon’s life. Together again, they performed a moving tribute to Sharon as part of the service. After the service, Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings invited the singers, all great friends of Sharon's, back to the Daptone House of Soul studios in Bushwick to finish "Call on God" with them. At the studio, the members of the choir put on headphones and heard Sharon’s voice singing the song she wrote for them three decades earlier. Sharon always wanted to add background vocals to the song and she would have been happy to know that her old friends had come through to sing with her one final time.

Soul of a Woman, out November 17.


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