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Jen Chapin Trio at Progressive Voices Concert Series
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
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Jen Chapin Trio at Progressive Voices Concert Series
The Progressive Voices Concert Series presents the Jen Chapin Trio!

WHEN:  Saturday, March 22, 2014  7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

WHERE:  First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA


$15 in advance or $20 at the door.

You may pick up your pre-paid tickets at the Will Call table after 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.

General admission seating, with doors opening at 7 p.m.


Jen Chapin's music is jazz-tinged urban folk soul - story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work on albums Linger (2004) and Ready (2006) as "thoughtful... worth-savoring" (People), "smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware, and emotionally intuitive" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), "addictive" (Boston Globe), "supremely confident, slightly off-center, and instantly compelling." (River City Reader) and "brilliant.. soulfully poetic" (NPR). JazzTimes has called her "a first-rate storyteller" while Relix regards her as "one of the freshest voices singing today." She has been featured on Late Nite with Conan O'Brien, honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers.

Recent work has highlighted Jen's gift for interpreting classic songs -- notably those with a message. Her 2008 CD/DVD, Light of Mine, featured songs from Van Morrison, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell and others, as well as live performances filmed at NYC's Joe's Pub. In 2010, the audiophile label Chesky Records released Jen's ReVisions: Songs of Stevie Wonder. Both albums were built on the strength and intimacy of live performances from small ensembles: Light of Mine was a collaboration with her husband, acoustic bassist Stephan Crump, and his "Rosetta Trio" with Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox on guitars. ReVisions had Jen joining forces with Stephan and Chris Cheek on saxophones. The Jen Chapin Trio as well as Jen with Rosetta Trio have toured over this time throughout the US and UK.

Returning her focus to songwriting, Jen released a new EP, 5 songs, in Spring 2011 -- songs of ambition (and the lack thereof), privilege (ditto), anger, affection, gratitude, exhaustion, and humility. In short, of family.

Jen's music reflects a diversity of experience. She is mother to 6 year old Maceo and 2 year old Van Crump, who often accompany their parents on tour. She is an activist, with a life-long involvement in WhyHunger, an organization that champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty; and is also active in the local and sustainable food movement. She is 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.



First Unitarian Church of Des Moines (View)
1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315
United States

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Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Jazz
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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