Jake Chapman is a vibraphonist, marimbist, pianist, composer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles and New York City. He holds a BA in music and computer science from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude; Jake also studied jazz vibraphone at Juilliard. Jake maintains a busy performing and recording schedule as a leader and a sideman. He is an active player in many different communities, including jazz, hip hop, R&B, singer-songwriter, and video game music. He has performed in major music festivals such as the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, SXSW, Bonanza Campout, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass; in New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Blue Note, Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz Gallery, and Symphony Space; and in Los Angeles at Catalina Jazz Club, bluewhale, Vibrato, Vitello’s, and California Plaza.
Jake has performed with jazz luminaries such as Steve Nelson, Jon Faddis, Gil Goldstein, and Ulysses Owens Jr. He is in a family band called Von Chaps with his parents, Karen and Alan, and sister Molly. In December 2019 the group did a 19-city concert hall performance tour in China. Jake’s jazz awards include a Yamaha Young Performing Artist award and an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. In addition to his work as a performer, Jake is a composer and lyricist of musical theatre. His work has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Signature Theatre, The Duplex, Cornelia Street Cafe, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and he is a member of the renowned BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
Jake is a Ludwig-Musser artist. You can find him on Instagram @chappymilkshake.
Jake specializes in vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, and piano. He has a jazz and classical background, but enjoys playing all kinds of music, from trad jazz to R&B to hip hop to singer-songwriter to video game music. Jake is also a composer, arranger, and songwriter, drawing from a wide musical palette. He has written music and lyrics for musical theatre, and is member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.
Jake grew up in Los Angeles, attending Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, CA. He went on to earn a BA in Music and Computer Science at Columbia University, graduating Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, while studying jazz vibraphone at Juilliard. Jake spends most of his time in New York, but also returns home to LA often. One key difference about the two cities is that when in LA, he will throw his instrument into the car and drive; in New York, he almost always uses the subway (or buses!) to transport his vibes or marimba. Rush hour in a car is bad, but rush hour on the train with a vibraphone is worse.
Jake began his musical journey before he realized it, born into a musical family where his mom giving vocal lessons, dad playing piano, and parents rehearsing for cabaret performances were common events in the living room. His sister would later join the fight for piano time. Collectively, Karen, Alan, Molly, and Jake form the Von Chaps, an internationally touring family band. In fact, Jake made his professional debut with the Von Chaps in 2007 at the Edye Second Space in Santa Monica, CA.
Jake performs in a wide variety of settings, including concert halls, jazz clubs, music festivals, subway stations, and parks. In New York, he's played at Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's, Blue Note, Smalls, Symphony Space, Shapeshifter Lab, Knitting Factory, and Bowery Electric, among others. He also enjoys busking, especially under the arch at Washington Square Park with duo partner Jasper Dutz. Together, they are known as Champion Milkshake, and are part of MTA's Music Under New York program. In Los Angeles, Jake has performed at Catalina Jazz Club, California Plaza, Vibrato, and Vitello's. He has also performed at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, SXSW, JAS Aspen, and Bonanza Campout music festivals.
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