Blue Note this week & Flatlanders tour confirmed 4-07-2009

by Jenny Scheinman on May 9, 2009

Hi all – My shows this month are now confirmed.. I start an run at the Blue Note in NYC tomorrow with an instrumental string trio featuring Nels Cline and Steve Cardenas, then pack my bags for a few little tours with The Portable Jenny (singing duo w Robbie Gjersoe) opening for The Flatlanders. See below for info on other sideimpersonations and news. Hope to see you!

Tuesday April 7 through Sunday April 12 at Blue Note, 8 and 10:30 131 W. 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, 212-475-8592
Jenny Scheinman (violin), Nels Cline & Steve Cardenas (guitars)
I must say this is a somewhat mischievous ensemble to debut at The Blue Note since Nels “The Enabler” Cline is drawn to extremes. But honestly I couldn’t think of anything more perfect. I’ve played with Steve Cardenas since the day I moved to NY in 1999, he is one of the great living jazz guitar players, a master of development and groove, plays with Paul Motian, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, is a scholar of Thelonious Monk, knows my original instrumental music backwards and forwards and can play it that way. Nels Cline is a dear friend and long time collaborate with a slew of brilliant solo recordings (most recently “Coward”) which cover his incredible range of interests and talent: churning drones, claustrophobic swarms, deep elegiac blues, ecstatic bursts, Andrew Hill. He joined Wilco a few years back and now spends much of his time trotting around Mt Olympus with a gaggle of other rock stars. This will be our sophomore performance in this configuration; the first time was a year or so ago at my regular haunt Barbes, in Brooklyn, where we nearly blew the roof off – not with volume but with sheer ecstatic mayhem. Come persuade us that jazz is alive! FYI it is a double bill with Omar Sosa – look him up, I’m a fan – we have the first halves of each 2 hour set.

Singing Tour opening for The Flatlanders: The Flatlanders is a legendary band which combines the songwriting talents of three lifelong friends from west Texas; Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock. I will playing an opening set of my songs with Robbie Gjersoe.
Jenny Scheinman (vocals, fiddle) & Robbie Gjersoe (guitar)
April 15 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Whittaker Center
April 16 Alexandria, Virginia Birchmere
April 17 Alexandria, Virginia Birchmere
April 18 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania World Café
April 21 Newport Kentucky, Varsity Theater
April 22 Ann Arbor, Michigan The Ark
April 25 Chicago, Illinois Old Town School


– I’ll be performing a bit this summer with Robbie Fulks, starting with a show at The Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago May 2, then again in Indiana in July. check for more info. And speaking of Robbie Fulks, he and I just finished a version of “If You’ve Got The Money Honey, I’ve Got The Time” for a new documentary on the US Health Care System entitled “Money Making Medicine” by the team that made “Enron: The Smartest Men In The Room”. darkly apropos..
– Recently Ang Lee hired me and Bruce Cockburn to do some demo cues for his upcoming film “Taking Woodstock”, a comedy set in 1969 at a resort in upstate New York. Our cues were great! funny, moving, strange, even slightly Jewish! So when you see the movie late this summer and hear Danny Elfman’s brilliant orchestra swooping around the green slopes of the Catskills just try to imagine how much more memorable it would be to hear me sawing away on my squeakbox trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking my neck..

– Check Bill Frisell’s web site ( for info on an 858 Tour in May. I think its in the northeast, then one date in Florida.

– I just put some violin down on Roseanne Cash’s new album. Gorgeous tracks! Look for it!

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