They say that children from large families tend to be tougher. It stands to reason that if you’ve got a horde of siblings vying to grab their parents’ attention or simply to get to the food on the table, you have to develop sharp elbows or go hungry. While I’m not suggesting that there were stampedes around mealtime at the Chapman household, being number 15 of 16 children must have left its imprint on singer Topsy Chapman’s formative years.
“I started playing the piano when I was four years old, and I think that made me kind of precious,” says Chapman, who is coming to play eight dates around the country (April 9 to 16) as part of the Hot Jazz Series. The show goes by the title “Passion for New Orleans.” She will be supported here by the local six-piece New Orleans Function Jazz Band.