“Music was a state of being; it was never something I had to consider.“



March 9, 1957 in Manchester, CT



Alto, Tenor, Soprano, Sopranino and Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute, Pan Flute, Shakuhatchi, Chinese Wei, Piano, and various percussion


in his own words

"I've found the truer I am to myself, and to my music, the better people react to it." - Hartford Courant

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer, in the 80s and 90s, Thomas Chapin led a trio performing his own music playing in New York City’s downtown scene, and at festivals and clubs around the world. An outstanding composer of larger works as well, he sometimes augmented the trio with strings and horn ensembles.

Though leukemia tragically ended his life in 1998 at age 40, Thomas Chapin left behind a legacy of superb recordings and performances, and a reputation as one of jazz’s more extraordinary musicians – one of the few musicians to exist in both the worlds of the downtown, experimentalist scene and mainstream jazz.

He continues to be a highly influential and inspirational force to those who knew him and to those who continue to know him through his music and example.

A brand new, complete website is coming soon...

Until then, a near-definitive international article on Thomas Chapin, entitled "The Thomas Chapin Era," was updated and released in July 2016. The piece includes a thorough career history, major feature news articles, timelines, photos, music and video links, quotes by Thomas Chapin, musician colleagues, music industry persons, the press, and more.

View the article at Jazz Halo » 



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DVD Screeners of Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song are Now Available for a Donation

The documentary is now available for a donation to the film project: $40 for U.S. and $50 for International donations. Shipping and handling included.

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Thomas Chapin: Night Bird Song Trailer


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