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What Goes Around Comes Around

It's not every lead singer who, abandoned by her band for a younger, thinner and more tabloid-friendly British pop star, finds herself courted by Denzel...

And so, with a tip of the hat from Winehouse, Washington and even a Weinstein, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are together again and back at it. They are now in the home stretch of their very own U.S. tour, which culminates with a New York show at the Beacon Theater on Feb. 15. They also released their third full-length album, "100 Days, 100 Nights" (Daptone Records), in October.

In a sense, nothing's changed — they're still performing the brand of old-school funk and R&B that they've been making for more than a decade from their home base in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood. Intact, too, is their unconventional look: Jones is the short yet substantial black woman to the mostly white, mostly Jewish, thirtysomething Dap-Kings. "I'm old enough to be their mother," jokes Jones of her eight bandmates.

As to whether she picked up any, well, unmotherly habits during her years in the biz, she says: "I think the only thing you'd ever hear about drugs in my band is a little marijuana or something like that. And I don't consider marijuana 'drugs.'" Clearing her throat, Jones continues, "But you don't need no drugs, you don't need to be high. I'll be on stage now and people swear that I'm doing something like cocaine to get me all hyped like that, and I tell them, 'I'm just hyped on love. That's just happiness.'"
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