During his lifetime, saxophonist Thomas Chapin was regarded as a bridge between the uptown and downtown scenes, being a fixture in both Lionel Hampton's big band and the Knitting Factory's Houston Street stage. Ten years after his death, he was remembered at two concerts by many of the musicians with whom he worked.
"On Sunday, March 9, 2008, the anniversary of the 51st birthday of Thomas Chapin, the last of the three ""Lift Off! Remembering Thomas Chapin"" concerts was held. The concerts commemorated Thomas on the tenth year of his passing.
New York, NY - Rarely in a musical movement has a player left an indelible mark on those with whom he collaborated and those listeners with whom he enthralled more than the late NYC avant jazz saxist, Thomas Chapin. To commemorate this gifted, multi- instrumentalist-composer and to mark the decade since his passing, two NYC concerts are planned by his widow, Terri Castillo-Chapin, with the help of Thomas' many friends and musical colleagues.