Thomas Chapin

Genres: Children's Music
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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9 March 1957, Manchester, Connecticut, USA, d. 13 February 1998, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. After studying formally at Hartt College of Music, Hartford, Chapin played alto and soprano saxophones professionally with Jackie McLean and others before studying with Paul Jeffrey, with whom he also worked, Ted Dunbar and Kenny Barron. He gained a degree at Rutgers and then played with Lionel Hampton, through the first half of the 80s, including touring Japan and South America, then moved on to Chico Hamilton’s group. A key participant in the New York downtown scene of the 90s, Chapin played in jazz, free jazz and jazz rock bands, including working with Ned Rothenberg, Walter Thompson, Machine Gun, Flamenco Latina, and many others. His eclectic choice of genres and his wide-ranging playing style made it hard to pigeonhole a man whose musical imagination was always reaching out for new challenges. Early in 1997, he was diagnosed with leukaemia thus severely...

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