tour plans in the works..

Hello everyone! I am chipping away at filling in some tour dates for spring and summer 2017, so please sign up for my email updates here and/or check the shows page. Thanks so much for listening,

Jen

Jen Chapin Trio, Southern California style.. November 4/5/6

Happy Fall Everyone!

We’re just returned from shows in the lovely mountains of Virginia and the gentle hills of Southeastern PA, and now I’m getting ready to round out my super fun Brooklyn Sunday residency with another set of jazz standards at Barbés with the elegant Jamie Fox on guitar.

Next weekend will bring a different sort of adventure — a rare trip to Southern California! Two evenings in Torrance and a benefit matinee in Riverside, with the inimitable WhyNot Jansveld joining Jamie and me on electric bass. Please scroll down for all the details and links to purchase tickets.

Thanks for listening!

Jen
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Sunday, October 30th * 5 pm
Barbés
376 9th Street (corner of 6th Avenue), Brooklyn NY 11215
347-422-0248 * $10
Duo with Jamie Fox: jazz standards

Friday, November 4th * 7:30 pm
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3300 Civic Center Drive, Torrance CA 90505 * $33

Saturday, November 5th * 7:30 pm
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3300 Civic Center Drive, Torrance CA 90505 * $33

Sunday, November 6th * 2 pm
Benefit for Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino
The Encore Room @ The Fox Theatre
3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, 92501.
General Admission $20, VIP Package which includes Brunch and a Meet and Greet $50 (arrive at 12:30 p.m.) tickets available here
Trio with Jamie Fox and WhyNot Jansveld

Saturday, November 12th * 7:30 pm
Chapin Family Reunion with a Tribute to Harry: to benefit Harry Chapin Foundation
Quick Center for Arts
200 Barlow Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824 * (203) 254-4010 * $40, $60
tickets on sale here
duo with Jamie Fox

Friday, December 9th * 7:30 pm
Chapin Family Reunion with a Tribute to Harry
Musikfest Cafe at the Artsquest Center at SteelStack
25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA * 610-332-1300 * $49, $59 – tickets on sale here

busy fall in Brooklyn, LI, PA, VA and CaliforNi-A!

Hello Hello everyone!

Such a beautiful early fall here in Brooklyn NY, where I’ll be starting a month-long October residency of 5 at 5 pm early Sundays at a very special neighborhood spot, Barbés. In this intimate and informal space, I’ll be mixing it up with different songs and different musicians each week, bringing in jazz standards, classic New Orleans tunes, and even a few of my dad’s. Speaking of my dad Harry, I have the opportunity to perform at several tributes to him this fall, first on October 15th in Riverhead NY, then on November 12th in Fairfield CT, then on December 9th in Bethlehem PA.
There will be additional October shows in eastern PA and even one in the mountains of Virginia, but the big trip is to southern California for three shows November 4th, 5th and 6th right before Election Day, if we all can keep our heads together that long. Full details for all these shows are here at jenchapin.com/shows.
I know you all can’t possibly guess who I’m voting for (he he) and I’ll keep you in suspense a bit longer. In the meantime, if you haven’t already YOU GOTTA REGISTER TO VOTE! Here’s how, state by state.

Thanks for listening,

Jen

online show Wednesday, plus summer tour up north

Hey hey Everyone!

Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox and I (plus junior roadies Maceo and Van Crump) are about to embark on our annual summer tour to New England and Atlantic Canada, but in the meantime you can hear us from WHEREVER YOU ARE at 8 pm EST this coming Wednesday, when we play a live online show via Concert Window. It’s a fun format, where you pay-what-you-wish, (wear-what-you-wish, too!) and interact with the Trio online as you watch and listen. Sometimes Maceo and Van add their own 2¢ to the comments as well!

Aside from the fact that we will be broadcasting live from home into your computer rather than from a stage, this show is different in that the song selection will not be from my original repertoire but rather from the New Orleans songbook of the 50s & 60s. These songs and the artists behind them have been an inspiration to us, and we invite you to join us as we pay tribute and have much fun along the way. Jamie Fox will be our leader as he assembles the set list and shares microphone duties with me.
Check out the details and sign up here: www.concertwindow.com/12641-jen-chapin

Our tour starts Friday with a house concert in Plymouth MA, and continues for three concerts in Nova Scotia before we head back down to play two early evening outdoor festival sets in Kingston and Providence, Rhode Island. You can see the full schedule and how to make reservations here at http://jenchapin.com/shows.

In other news, I’m honored that a piece I wrote a few years back about racial justice was just republished on the WhyHunger Connect Blog. Check it out here, and sign up for WhyHunger’s newsletter for more hopeful news about the fight against hunger and poverty. Also on the site, fans of my dad Harry are sharing memories and joining the “Giving Circle” with sustaining monthly donations to support grassroots solutions that work.

Thanks for listening!

Jen

Summer Shows and beyond

Hi all — We’re touring in New Jersey, Illinois, Long Island (my home town of Huntington NY — free outdoor show August 5th!) Rhode Island and Nova Scotia Canada in coming months, and Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California in the fall. Plus a residency at Barbés Brooklyn for every Sunday in October. New events are being added all the time, so get the details and the latest at the “shows” page here. And please sign up for email updates while you’re at it!

Thanks for listening,

Jen

Happy MLK Day, and 2016 gigs preview

Hello good people,

Yes! It’s amazing that this nation choses to celebrate the radical love of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — but this day always makes me think of the thousands of others whose unsung activism also made up the civil rights movement and other struggles for peace and political and economic justice that continue today.
One of these, Dr. Vincent Harding, is quoted in my song “Gospel” whose video by the great K8 Howley and Jak Ritger was released one year ago today. You can view that again, here. (If you like it, please pass it on!)
Another, Lynda Blackmon Lowery, told her story to my cousin Elspeth Leacock who helped her write the amazing kids/teens book “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March”, which is a wonderful contribution to the conversation, for readers young and old.

In other news, see below for a preview of my shows confirmed so far for 2016, starting with a benefit for Haiti in Montclair NJ on January 30th. Later in the year we’ll be around New York, and making stops in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Nova Scotia, Virginia, and California!
Check out jenchapin.com/shows for the full scoop for now, though more shows are to be confirmed soon.

Thanks for listening!
Jen

Upcoming Gigs

Saturday, January 30th * 7:30 pm
Seventh Annual Concert for Haiti
UU Congregation at Montclair
67 Church St, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
$25 advance, $30 at door
I’ll be accompanied by the excellent Jephté Tet Kale Guillaume and Donald Guillaume

Saturday 4/9: Oxford PA

Sunday 4/10: Rochester NY

Sunday 6/26: St. Charles IL

Sunday 8/21: Riverport, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sundays in October: Brooklyn NY

Friday October 28: Weyers Cave, VA

Friday & Saturday, 11/4 &11/5: Torrance CA

Happy December Everyone

All the slick faces on the TV
they tell us be fearful
we are warned very soberly
don’t you listen, turn away, turn away
there’s a different melody to play..

I just saw a news headline noting “fear in the air” but I don’t feel that way, nor do I think it would be remotely useful if I did.
This past Monday I got to sing my song “Let it Show” to a large festive outdoor crowd in NYC, and though I wrote the words quoted above ten years ago, I feel the same today.
I sang supported by loving family among Christmas lights. In the crowd, a Muslim friend and neighbor hoisted our younger son Van on his shoulders to see the festivities as big brother Maceo played with his sons.
We are strengthened by love and faith, community and care, and a welcome to strangers..

I was happily surprised the other night when my boys asked to view the music video for my song “Gospel”, beautifully crafted earlier this year by K8 Howley and Jak Ritger. It celebrates social movements past, present and future.
Would you care to watch it again with us?

This coming Sunday December 13th Stephan, Jamie and I play in Nyack NY to benefit the Fellowship for Reconciliation, a 100 year old organization that has maintained a steady voice for peace through wars and struggles for human rights.

Sunday, December 13th * 5 pm
Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Annual Winter Solstice Event (2 – 6 pm)
— food, music, community —
F.O.R at Showdowcliff
521 North Broadway, Nyack NY 10980
Suggested Dontation $20 per person….$40 for families….$60 Earth Angel

Today, it would be my dad Harry’s 73rd birthday. Though he’s been gone for 34 years, I feel blessed to feel a living, vibrant connection with him through the work of WhyHunger, which he helped found (as “World Hunger Year” 40 years ago)
You can honor Harry Chapin and support an end to hunger by donating at Hungerthon.org, or joining “Harry’s Giving Circle”.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, we celebrated my mom Sandy’s birthday as well. She is a formidable lyricist (“Cat’s in the Cradle”, anyone?) and poet and recently published her long-overdue first book of poetry.
I welcome you to “like” her author page on Facebook, and order her book, “Entries”, to get an intimate (and sometimes sexy — yikes!) look at my parents’ partnership and other dreams, while supporting the Harry Chapin Foundation.

Peace and Love everybody!

Jen

November Sundays Residency at Barbes Brooklyn

Hey Everybody!

We just had a fantastic fall weekend in upstate New York and now it’s on to a different kind of adventure close to home. New York City folks — please join me at any or all of these five November Sundays at the cozy/divey/wonderful Barbés in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Each will have a different theme and will feature a different ensemble as listed below.

Thanks for listening!
Jen

November Sundays Residency at Barbés Brooklyn
376 9th Street (corner of 6th Avenue), Brooklyn NY 11215
347-422-0248 * $10

Sunday, November 1st * 5 pm
Duo with Jamie Fox: jazz standards, uh-huh

Sunday, November 8th * 5 pm
Trio with Kevin Jenkins and Ethan Eubanks: love and WAR

Sunday, November 15th* 5 pm
Trio with Peter Rende and Dan Rieser: LOVE and war

Sunday, November 22nd * 5 pm
Trio with Jamie Fox and Stephan Crump: classic songs from New Orleans

Sunday, November 29th * 5 pm
Duo with Stephan Crump: Open Wide etc.

a weekend in upstate NY

I hope we see you! Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox and I are playing the Steeple Coffee House in Fayetteville (near Syracuse) on Saturday, and the Lovin’ Cup in Rochester this Sunday.

Then, in November, join me and many old friends playing a month of Sundays at Barbes, 5 pm. Here’s the plan:

Sunday, November 1st * 5 pm
Duo with Jamie Fox: jazz standards, uh-huh

Sunday, November 8th * 5 pm
Trio with Kevin Jenkins and Ethan Eubanks: love and WAR

Sunday, November 15th* 5 pm
Trio with Peter Rende and Dan Rieser: LOVE and war

Sunday, November 22nd * 5 pm
Trio with Jamie Fox and Stephan Crump: classic songs from New Orleans

Sunday, November 29th * 5 pm
Duo with Stephan Crump: Open Wide etc.

Thanks for listening!

Jen

Hi all,

I invite you to view the many lovely music videos I’ve commissioned over the years with a variety of collaborators — Nathan James Leatherman, Kate Chumley, K8 Howl and Jak Ritger, Maria Eugenia, and Matt Rasch. I hope more will be coming soon! But in the meantime, please check ’em out by clicking the thumbnails below and on the videos page. Thank you!

Jen

PS — next up for shows are 9/21 in NYC (solo), 10/11 in Piermont NY, 10/24 in Fayetteville NY and 10/25 in Rochester, and then a month of Sundays in Brooklyn: November, 5 pm, Barbes! More information is on the “shows” page.

http://jenchapin.com/885/