R.I.P. Sharon Jones

Daily Roundups
11/18/2016
KEXP
photo by Matthew B. Thompson

It's with an incredibly heavy heart that we share, Sharon Lafaye Jones has passed away at the age of 60, after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. "I just keep thinking what an incredibly passionate and generous woman she is," shared DJ Cheryl Waters. "What an amazing human being. Performing up until the end, and always thinking of others and giving from her heart."

Since 2002's debut Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, her music has been in constant rotation on our airwaves. Most recently, back in April 2016, Sharon performed at KEXP's New Home Grand Opening. DJ Kevin Cole reflects, "Sharon was such a beautiful soul. She was sick around the time she played our Grand Opening but wanted to do it -- she wanted to be a part of such an important event for us, and to give back to KEXP, which she did many times, playing on-air, VIP shows for donors, and our Grand Opening. She was deeply appreciative of all the support we had given her, and felt like she was a part of our family. She was. Thank you, Sharon Jones, for all the joy you brought us."

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations: The Lustgarten Foundation, James Brown Family Foundation, and Little Kids Rock.

Sharon Jones
at Showbox SoDo, 2010 // photo by Christopher Nelson (view set)

Sharon Jones
performing a VIP Club Concert at the Triple Door for KEXP donors, 2007
// photo by Chad Syme (view set)

Sharon Jones
performing a VIP Club Concert at the Triple Door for KEXP donors, 2007 // photo by Hilary Harris (view set)

Sharon Jones
at the NPR Showcase at Stubbs in Austin, TX, 2010 // photo by Christopher Nelson (view set)

Sharon Jones
at the NPR Showcase at Stubbs in Austin, TX, 2010 // photo by Christopher Nelson (view set)

Sharon Jones
at the KEXP Grand Opening, April 2016 // photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller (view set)

Sharon Jones
at the KEXP Grand Opening, April 2016 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

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