Bruce Cockburn, Steve Cardenas, Gjersoe and Levy @ Barbes & Banjo Jim’s 11-29-2008

by Jenny Scheinman on May 9, 2009

Hello all – I’ve returned from my adventures with Rodney Crowell and will be playing a few shows before the year’s end at my local haunts in New York City – three Tuesdays at Barbes and a show at Banjo Jim’s.

Tuesday December 2 at Barbes 7-9PM 76 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) Park Slope 718 965 9177
One of the records I listened to obsessively in college was Bruce Cockburn’s “Dancing In The Dragon’s Jaw”. I lost track of him for years and then recently ran into him backstage at Town Hall. As it turned out he had just been listening to my recent recordings – I think he’s one of the few people that has listened to every one.. When I got home I downloaded some of his recent music and it all came rushing back. He’s tremendous. One of the great voices, writers, melody makers, lyricists. He has released 26 recordings and has won almost every award one can win in music. My current favorite-song-ever is his “Beautiful Creatures”. We’ll do a mix of his music and mine (some new ones!), instrumental and vocal. This is a special one.

Tuesday December 9 & 16 at Barbes 7-9PM 76 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) Park Slope 718 965 9177
Jenny Scheinman (violin), Steve Cardenas (guitar)
Steve was in my first New York band, is a tremendous improviser, has been a part of Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop band for years as well as Charlie Haden/Carla Bley’s Liberation Orchestra, Joey Baron’s band, and like I, has toured a bunch in the last several years with the great singer Madeleine Peyroux.

Wednesday December 10th at Banjo Jim’s, (9pm) 700 East 9th Street at Ave C, New York, NY 10009 212-777-0869
Jenny Scheinman (vocals/violin), Robbie Gjersoe (acoustic guitar/vocals), Adam Levy (electric guitar/vocals)
I spent a few weeks this summer with these lads opening for and playing with the great West Texas singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Robbie is Jimmie’s long time guitar player, plays the hell out of bluegrass, and has a to-die-for can’t-buy-it feel. Adam is a delicacy. We grew up together playing steady out in SF in The Hot Club Of San Francisco, moved east around the same time and have stayed in close touch through all sorts of twists and turns of fate and fame. This is part of his weekly curated “Wish List” and will include sets by Bukka Allen and Bill Sims.

News & Upcoming & Other

– You can hear one of my sets from The Village Vanguard at

– I’m in Rolling Stone this month! A great description by David Fricke that finally puts the two sides together as one.

– Both of my 2008 albums are now available; the eponymous vocal debut “Jenny Scheinman”, and my fifth and most extravagant instrumental recording “Crossing The Field”. The two together make a fascinating if not brilliant holiday gift. Go for it!

– Have you seen Elvis Costello recently? His new t.v. show is getting all sorts of funny press – I saw his face on the side of a city bus today.. I’m in one of the episodes

– More Rodney Crowell dates: philly Jan 19, Bay Shore Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Jan 22, Lincoln Center Allen Room Jan 23, Chattam NJ Jan 24, Europe jan 26 through first weeks of February.

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