Topsy Chapman

She has performed for presidents and royalty, received rave reviews from the New York Times, Variety and the New York Post, appeared in such publications as Time, Jet, Ebony, and Essence and, most recently, performed in the award-winning Steve McQueen film, 12 Years a Slave (2013). At the same time, her humility and genuine caring have endeared her to generations of New Orleans musicians. Topsy Chapman is quite simply one of New Orleans' living musical treasures.

Born in Kentwood, Louisiana (across the lake from New Orleans), Topsy was number 15 of 16 children. She started performing at a very young age, being heavily influenced by her father, Norwood, a vocal music instructor. She moved into the city after high school and formed a gospel group called the Chapman Singers, The group performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as for local clubs and organization and German radio in Bohn and Cologne. Topsy composed and arranged original material for the group.

Topsy was chosen as an original cast member and vocal arranger of the off Broadway hit One Mo Time. The show gained critical acclaim from New York to Europe, where it was performed for the Queen of England and the cast album received a Grammy nomination.

As a solo artist, Topsy has toured all of Europe, Asia and Australia and travelled the Americas performing gospel, traditional and Dixieland jazz. She has also performed and/or recorded with Nicholas Payton, the Magnolia Jazz Band, the Blues Serenaders, Willie Humphrey, Chester Zardis, Alvin Stardust, Butch Thompson, Dick Hyman, Herb Ellis, and New Orleans oldest trumpeter, Lionel Ferbos, and has made several appearances on Garrison Keillors A Priarie Home Companion.

Topsy's film credits include: No Cross, No Crown (2009); Tradition Is a Temple: The Modern Masters of New Orleans (2013); and 12 Years a Slave (2013).

SOLID HARMONY

Solid Harmony is a vocal trio made up of Topsy Chapman and her two daughters, Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips. The group records and performs their original compositions, as well as their signature arrangements of traditional and modern jazz, blues, and gospel, in New Orleans and around the world.

Yolanda Robinson Windsay

After emerging in the music scene as one of Topsy Chapman's gifted daughters, Yolanda Windsay has earned recognition among her peers as one of New Orleans' finest female vocalists of jazz, blues and gospel. She performs regularly at top jazz clubs like Snug Harbor, Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse and Sweet Lorraine's, as well as at major events like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Nationally, Yolanda has toured with Sandra Reeves Phillips (both her Bold and Brassy and Late Great Ladies of the Blues and Jazz tours). Internationally, she has toured Canada, Germany, Holland, Norway, Japan and Switzerland singing gospel, traditional and modern jazz. Her most recent performances include a tour in Italy with Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, December 2008, a tour of Tokyo with Tom Fisher and the New Orleans Jazz Allstars in August 2008, 2009 and 2010, Bourbon Street Jazzfest in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2007, the Haugesand Jazz Festival in Norway with Katja T. Jones in 2007, Montreal Jazz Festival with Zachary Richard in 2007, Ascona Jazz Festival in 2006 with Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Lincoln Center in New York celebrating Crescent City Gospel in 2005 with Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony. Yolandas studio work includes local jingles for RTA, K&B, Whitney Bank, Liberty Bank, The Coushatta Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana, The Times Picayune, the New Orleans Saints (Its a Big Thang Happening, the Saints 2009-10 theme song) and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has written vocal arrangements for the Holy Name Singers Gospel Choir, the Chapman Singers (Solid Harmony). She also appeared in the movie Lay the Favorite starring Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2011.

Born in Kentwood, Louisiana, Yolanda grew up in a musical family. At the age of four, she sang in a gospel group formed by her mother. While many children might have been afraid to sing in front of a crowd, the experience excited Yolanda. She participated in every school or church function that involved music. After listening to some of her mothers blues and jazz albums, she became partial to this music early in junior high and decided to attend NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the city's premier arts high school), where she studied vocal music with Mrs. Lorraine Alfaro. In the eleventh grade she also began to study music with jazz educator and renowned musician Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she later earned a Bachelor of Arts, Jazz Studies degree. While at Southern University, she had the opportunity to perform with jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin and Ellis Marsalis.

She appears on the following albums: Harold Baptiste: Lagniappe-The 2nd 50 years, Topsy Chapman and the Pros, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Cubanismo, Zachary Richard, Mike West, Phillip Manuel, Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band and others.

With more than twenty years experience singing, writing and arranging music, Yolanda gains much happiness in knowing that her performances have the ability to uplift and inspire audiences all over the world.

Ms. Robinson Windsay has performed with the following stellar artists:

  • Nicholas Payton

  • George French

  • Gerald French

  • Melissa Etheridge

  • Cyril Neville

  • Irvin Mayfield

  • Judity Owen

  • Harry Shearer

  • Bobby McFerrin

  • Alvin Batiste

  • Delfayo Marsalis

  • Marcus Miller

  • Betty Carter

Caleb Mikel Windsay

Caleb, born March 10, 1993 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was a very bright toddler and began playing drums at 3 yrs old. He grew up in a musical environment. His mother, Yolanda Windsay is a jazz vocalist and his father Michael Windsay is a drummer. Caleb’s grandmother, Topsy Chapman is one of the original cast members of the One Mo’ Time Off Broadway Show. He would always enjoy sitting around singing in the kitchen with his grandmother, mother and aunt, Jolynda Phillips.

Caleb began playing trombone in the fall of 2001 at age 8 and caught on to the instrument quickly. He would hum a tune and then find the melody on his horn. He also started on piano and bass as a young teen while performing in the Lusher Charter Jazz Band under the direction of Kent Jordan.

Caleb has appeared at the Old Mint for a History of African American Music in New Orleans Project with his grandmother, Ms. Topsy Chapman that was televised on WDSU-TV. He has also appeared on WWL-TV morning show live at Tipitina’s with the Baby Boyz Brass Band, he’s appeared in episodes of the HBO series, “Treme.” He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals each year since 2010 with Topsy Chapman and Solid harmony, Baby Boyz Brass Band. He currently performs with the Free Agents Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band and has performed for various events for the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Mr. Windsay's experience includes performances with the following artists:

  • Tim McGraw

  • Common

  • Solange

  • Bilal

  • Master P.

  • Rebirth Brass Band

  • Kings of Brass

  • Hot 8 Brass Band

  • Stooges Brass Band

  • New Breed Brass Bands

Mr. Windsay has performed as the opening act for:

  • George Clinton

  • Doctor John

  • Galactic

  • Trombone Shorty

  • Blackalicious

Mr. Windsay has performed for:

  • Ryan Sheckler Tournament

  • New Orleans Saints

  • New Orleans Jazz Festival

  • Ascona Jazzfest - Switzerland

Jolynda 'Kiki' Chapman

While using her deep roots in gospel music and rhythm & blues skills Jolynda has the ability to create a musical environment that is satisfying and enjoyable for anyone who listens.

           

Born in New Orleans, LA, at the age of eight, Jolynda sang in a gospel group, The Chapman Singers formed by her mother, Ms. Topsy Chapman. She participated in every school or church function that involved music.  

 

She performs locally at Tipitina’s, Snug Harbor Jazz Club, DBA, Storyville, The Praline Connection, Royal Sonesta Jazz Playhouse and various other clubs with well-known local jazz musicians. She also performs at local renowned festivals; the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the New Orleans French Quarter Festival and the Satchmo Festival.

 

She has performed recently with Melissa Etheridge October 2016 at the Paragon Casino, Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Christmas Show 2015, 2016 and 2017, Stanton Moore’s CD Release with Maceo Parker, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton 2018, Tipping Point Show 2017 with Michael McDonald, Lisa Fisher, Jimmy Vivino and Ivan & Cyril Neville, Tipping Point Show 2018 with Ziggy Marley, Tahj Mahal, Ani Di Franco, Allen Stone and George Porter and Lincoln Center in New York celebrating Crescent City Gospel.

 

Her national and international performances with Sandra Reeves Phillips and her “Bold and Brassy” and “Late Great Ladies of the Blues and Jazz” tours 1989 and 1990 received great reviews!

 

Internationally, she has toured Brazil, Canada, Germany, Holland, Norway, Japan and Switzerland singing gospel, traditional/modern jazz and rhythm & blues.

 

Her latest international performances include tours in Brazil with Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Italy with Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Bourbon Street Jazz Fest in Sao Paulo, Brazil,  Ascona Jazz Festival with Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Sao Paulo, Brazil with the 504 Music Experience.

 

Her studio work includes recordings with Stanton Moore, Irvin Mayfield, Nicolas Payton, Kermit Ruffins, Topsy Chapman and the Pros, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Big Sam & the Funky Nation, Ziggy Modeliste, Cubanismo, Phillip Manuel, Maria Muldaur, Jake Smith, Langhorne Slim, Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band and Mike West.

Ms. Phillips has performed with the following stellar artists:

  • Michael McDonald

  • Nicholas Payton

  • George French

  • Gerald French

  • Stanton Moore

  • Melissa Etheridge

  • Maceo Parker

  • Cyril Neville

  • Ivan Neville

  • Irvin Mayfield

  • Lisa Fisher

  • Judith Owen

  • Harry Shearer

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