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Gig Alert: Jenny Scheinman

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jenny Scheinman
“Untitled”
Playing at: Barbes
(376 9th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Get: Tickets ($10 suggested donation at the door) | Directions

You might pigeon-hole Jenny Scheinman as a jazz violinist, but that’s not really the whole story. Scheinman grew up playing folk music in “the western-most house in the continental United States” according to a self-written bio, and since then, her fiddlings have graced the recordings of Norah Jones, Bill Frisell and John Zorn, among others. Along the way, she’s done arrangements for Lou Reed, and won an award for “#1 Rising Star Violinist“ from Downbeat Magazine. In her own music, Scheinman travels a wide spectrum of genres without ever completely settling on something you could easily call jazz. This track from her quartet "Mischief & Mayhem" is so fresh, it doesn’t even have a title yet. It’s a funky piece, with a bit of a West African feel to it, and throughout the track, you never lose Scheinman’s expressive and exciting voice on the violin. Tonight at Barbes, she plays in a duet with jazz guitarist Steve Cardenas.

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