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,


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 for the full scoop for now, though more shows are to be confirmed soon.

Thanks for listening!

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, 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!


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!

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!


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!


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.

Hey everybody! Jamie Fox, Stephan Crump, the two junior Crumps and I are heading north on tour this week. Please click on “shows” for details on our concerts indoors and outside in Rhode Island, Maine, and the breathtaking Maritime Provinces of Canada. Also, for the fall I’ve just scheduled a late afternoon set on October 11th at the Turning Point in Piermont NY, two late October shows farther upstate as well as a November residency at the very special, very tiny Barbes in Brooklyn — I will be putting together different ensembles and songs for every Sunday at 5 pm! Check out the shows page for the full scoop (and please sign up for my email list above if you haven’t already!). Thanks so much for listening!


My dad died 34 years ago today, but has remained very much with us through his timeless music, our vivid memories, and the transformative programs of WhyHunger, which Harry cofounded in 1975. I’ve been serving on WhyHunger‘s Board of Directors for more than 20 years now, and am enormously proud of the work we are doing -supporting grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty around the world and helping build a broader movement towards good food for all. Please join me in offering sustaining support of: $5 a month to “Keep the Change,” $10 a month since “You Can Always Count on the Cheap Seats,” $25, “I Wonder What Would Happen” and so on..

To celebrate WhyHunger’s 40th Anniversary, we’re trying to add 40 new members to Harry’s Giving Circle in the next two weeks. I’ll keep you posted as we make progress to our goal. Will you join us?

Summer Shows


Oh, hello there,

I’m known around my house as “summer girl” and indeed I do love the summer. Especially since we have a nice mix of indoor and outdoor concerts coming up with The Chapin Family and the Jen Chapin Trio in June, July and August. Please click on the shows page here for the full preview. Next up: Saturday June 27th at the Summer Arts Festival in Huntington Long Island, and Sunday June 28th at the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival in Tappan NY.

Thanks for listening!


PS — We’ll be looking to break up our trip on our way back down from Nova Scotia this summer, and will be passing through New England on Monday August 24th and/or Tuesday August 25th. Anybody up for hosting an early weeknight house concert? Or perhaps having us do a workshop at your kid’s summer camp? We’re open to the possibilities!

“Gospel” [Official Music Video]

Video Premiere on WNYC’s Soundcheck blog
released 28 May 2013
the band:
Stephan Crump – electric & acoustic basses
Liberty Ellman — electric & acoustic guitars
Jamie Fox – electric & acoustic guitars
Dan Rieser – drums & percussion

Martha Redbone, Jen, Jamie & Stephan– background vocals
Chris Brown – Hammond organ & celeste
Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet
Erin Hll – harp

Audio clip from “Civility, History, and Hope with Vincent Harding” with Krista Tippett from American Public Media’s On Being® (p) 2011. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Video Directed by Jak Ritger and K8 Howl

follow @jak_ritger @k8howl
Watch on Vimeo:

Farm pixilation shot by Sara Cannon

Photos of Jen shot by Pat Merino

Footage from “The People’s Climate March” shot by Jak and K8

The following clips were accessed though a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license,
Cairo: Natalie Cake
Climate March NYC Aerial:
Hong Kong: Pasu Au Yeung
Newark: Will Caldwell
Seattle: Dan Warter
Oakland: East Bay Express
Millions March NYC Timelapse: Vinay Pulim