The Thomas Chapin Era


© Terri Castillo

Friends and colleagues all agree: he was not finished yet. He had just begun and he had to leave too soon. Unfinished business, somebody said. He always played as if it was his last concert ever, someone else said. On Friday the 13th in February 1998, at age 40, Thomas Chapin's struggle with leukemia came to an end. His time was over.


 Newport Jazz Festival 1995 © Elisabeth Brown (Photo permission by Akasha, Inc.)