Durand Jones & The Indications, ith SolSatellite, KDubbs, Saturday, April 7, 9:30 p.m., larimerlounge.com.
orn in Hillaryville, an unincorporated Louisiana community that’s too small to participate in the U.S. Census, Durand Jones took a fairly circuitous route to becoming a celebrated soul singer. After spending his formative years singing in church choir, he went on to play sax in a high school ska-punk band, won a scholarship to study music education at Southeastern Louisiana University and toured the country in a classical saxophone quartet. Now, he’s fronting the Indiana-based Durand Jones & The Indications and being hailed by critics as a successor to the throne of recently departed R&B legends Sharon Jones (no relation) and Charles Bradley. Like many young soul artists, Jones has one foot in classic R&B and the other in the more contemporary sound of artists like Aloe Blacc, which would make him a good fit for modern soul labels like Daptone and Stones Throw Records. Last month, the band’s self-titled debut album was reissued in a deluxe digital version that includes the 10-track Durand Jones & The Indications Live Vol. 1.
The resulting package is a strong indicator that Jones and his band have a promising future, both onstage and in the studio.