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As much as an artistic legacy, the roots of Jen's upbringing have inspired her "potent, jazzy, layered folk" (Newsday) songs and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger (founded by her late father Harry Chapin), and other food justice groups. Jen's music reflects a diversity of experience. She is mother to 8 year old Maceo and 4 year old Van Crump, who often accompany their parents on tour. She is also an educator, leading workshops and presentations to college, community and church groups, with a background teaching full-time in Brooklyn classrooms. And she is a student, with a BA in International Relations from Brown University, additional studies at Berklee College of Music, extensive travels and studies in Zimbabwe and Mexico, and an ongoing passion to learn more about the world, and its emerging pathways to greater social justice.
Raves for Jen Chapin's new album 'Reckoning' from NYC to the Netherlands...
“With songs delivered in a style that ranges from tender fragility to unexpected steeliness, Chapin brings a jazzy edge to the folk form. Sometimes she explores a fleeting emotion, sometimes she weaves a solid narrative—not at all surprising from the daughter of Harry Chapin, a master musical storyteller.”
"Talented local chanteuse Jen Chapin plays Norah Jones–y fare that tastefully explores the intersection of jazz, folk and pop." Time Out New York
"sumptuous...irresistible...a surefire gem: the kind of carefully-crafted and sophisticated pop that used to be associated with Paul Simon. Yeah, it’s that good." Will Layman, Popmatters
“Jen Chapin faces her 'Reckoning' [with] her lush new recording which blends elements of jazz, folk and rock” Los Angeles Times
“the most mature and satisfying album of her career…stunningly brilliant…Reckoning is a subtle, sophisticated recording that grows in stature with each listening and is well worth your consideration.”
“It reminds me of the jazzy records by Joni Mitchell and without a doubt the forgotten masterpieces of Laura Nyro. But Jen Chapin also clearly has her own sound. Musically, it’s defined by the jazzy instrumentation and the remarkable rhythms. Vocally, that sound is the result of her extraordinary voice.” Erwin Zijleman, De krenten uit de pop, The Netherlands
“Jen Chapin has a sandied tone to her voice, and her delivery has a quirky cleverness to it. Sleek and snappy material…intriguing.”
“Jen Chapin has emerged as a premier singing storyteller.”
"potent, jazzy, layered" Glenn Gamboa, Newsday
"a singular talent…" Kevin Scott Hall, Bistroawards.com
“Like a good novelist, it isn't in the climactic scenes that Jen Chapin's talents shine but in turning the mundanity of everyday life into delicate lyrical poems.” Chris Griffy, Examiner
“It’s probably no surprise that Chapin seems to naturally inhabit the characters in her songs — her father was Harry Chapin, one of modern music’s greatest storytellers. But Jen is far funkier than her father ever was, even as she paints sometimes grim tableaux of frustrated wives, struggling mothers and a challenged populace….That Chapin can find joy among “the ducks and the dreamers,” as she sings on the Sondheim-esque “Paris,” speaks to her formidable — and ever-developing–
"very engaging.... Her warm voice and friendly presentation augment the wonderfully relaxing atmosphere emanating from this album." Koos Gijsman, PopHeaven Magazine, The Netherlands
"Reckoning presents the singer at her most mature and most incisive artistically, kindred to Janis Ian's At Seventeen (esp. in Reckoning), as well as Joni Mitchell's first flowering, but with some Meryn Cadell, Nick Drake (Let It Show, a beautiful pastorale), Kate Bush, and others thrown in." Mark S. Tucker, Acoustic Music
“The NYC-based singer/songwriter has the confidence to write the songs the way they form in her head and you can hear the pure joy of delivering a song in the skin it should live in through Jen’s vocals.” Alternate Root
“Jen deals with introspective, almost confessional lyrics which have drawn comparisons with Laura Nyro and Alanis Morissette. Anyone seeking sophisticated pop elegance should check her out.” Hi-Fi News & Record Review, UK
JEN CHAPIN & Band
Tuesday, May 20th
7 pm (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
196 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002
Tix $15/one drink minimum
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