My taste in music, which consists mostly of soul and R&B, belies my background as an Ivy League East-Coast preppie.
Another symptom of my East-Coast Ivy League-ness is my habit of listening to NPR most of the day and half the night.
A few weeks ago, these two affectations intersected. I was listening to the NPR podcast Fresh Air, and the interviewees were Sharon Jones and Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The two were nothing short of sensational.
Sharon Jones is about 5 feet tall, and is a former prison guard at Queen’s notorious Riker’s Island (note – the Riker’s Island prison is within sight of the US Open stadium). The Dap Kings band should be famous, as they were more or less Amy Winehouse’s backing band for a couple of years (during the Back to Black tour), but somehow fame has eluded them. I had seen them backing Winehouse, and had no idea who they were at the time.
NPR currently has a Podcast posted of a S.J.a.t.D.K.’s concert. I am listening to it right now, and it is infinitely, funkily superb. Highly recommended.