Jen Chapin Trio: Essential Questions

Jen Chapin Trio: Essential Questions

Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful ...worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). Jazz Times has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today.” Jen has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien”, NPR’s Mountain Stage and Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour, Sirius Satellite’s The Loft with Mike Marrone and Mary Sue Twohy’s The Village, been honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, has performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and has opened up for Bruce Hornsby, Smokey Robinson, and the Neville Brothers. Jen’s cover of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” was prominently featured in a recent episode of the new SyFy series “Defiance”.

Jen’s uncle Tom Chapin, writer and performer of music for kids and grown-ups, explained it this way: growing up, he and his brothers didn’t get to see a whole lot of their musician dad, but when they did see him, he was always having more fun than anyone else in the room. And he continued to do so, until passing away in 2009 just before turning 90. My grandfather, jazz drummer and drum educator Jim Chapin, was until then joyfully touring the world, spreading the gospel of good technique to drummers of all ages, styles and abilities. For his part, Tom is also touring a lot, making records, winning Grammys and getting better and better at what he does. My uncle Steve Chapin also has had a rich and varied music career as a composer-producer-arranger-multi-instrumentalist, ever since he, Tom, and my dad Harry started writing and playing as “The Chapin Brothers” in the early 60s. They were one of the first bands to go electric at “The Bitter End” in Greenwich Village, where I did my first NYC shows 30 years later.

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