MAY 4, 2018

Happy Birthday Miss Sharon Jones

We’re celebrating the life and legacy of Sharon Jones today, on what would have been her 62nd birthday.

We created an interactive NYC map of important places in her life and career. Explore it to see the many historic clubs and music venues she loved.

Also, we made limited “Nobody’s Baby” shirts – available for one week only. All profits from the shirts will go to Lustgarten, a non-profit that supports pancreatic cancer research.

Last but not least, we’re looking for your best Sharon stories! Use #CelebrateSharonJones to share your memories of her, for a chance to win a “Nobody’s Baby” shirt. We’ll be sharing our favorites on our socials.

Please join us in wishing Sharon a very happy 62nd birthday!

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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