Ches Smith, Robbie Fulks, Nels Cline & Jim Black

by Andrew Nofsinger on June 16, 2009

Tuesday June 16 at Barbes 7-9PM 376 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) Park Slope 718 965 9177
Jenny Scheinman (violin) &Ã¥ Ches Smith (drums)
Playing with Ches is like playing with Paul Motian. Totally liberating and focusing at the same time. He’s super dynamic, extraordinary, open, and listens without playing along. He’s been a favorite of Marc Ribot’s (Ceramic Dog), plays in Mary Halvorson’s trio and is on her fantastic recent recording Dragon’s Jaw, is in a handful of rock bands (Siu Siu, The Secret Chiefs, Good For Cows), is a great classical percussionist and vibrophonist, and has his own solo show. This one won’t be scripted. We’re just going to see what happens.

Tuesdays July 14, 21 & 28 at Barbes 7-9PM 376 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) Park Slope 718 965 9177
Jenny Scheinman (violin/vocals), Robbie Fulks (guitar/vocals)
Robbie has been my number one playdate for the last few months. He’s a country, bluegrass musician, singer, ridiculously prolific songwriter (he took last year off and wrote and released 50 new songs which you can get on his downloadable 50Vc Doberman), and an extraordinary guitar player. Bill Frisell came to our last show at Barbes and couldn’t stop talking about him. He’s got this fluidity, this ability to drive the tempo without hurrying anything, is always up for adventure. He also happens to be hilarious and when he’s not not totally embarassing me, or even if he is, you’re sure to laugh and his off the cuff, irreverent, brainy tangents.

Tuesday August 4 at Le Poisson Rouge 7pm, one set 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012 212 505-3473,
Jenny Scheinman (violin), Nels Cline (guitar), Matt Penman (bass), Jim Black (drums)
I call this band Mischief And Mayhem. We had a stellar but star crossed beginning two years ago August that sent Nels to the hospital 6 days into the tour. In fact it was so good that he had to be quarantined and we continued on with Dave Tronzo. If you’ve been aware of my music over the last decade you probably know that I was in cahoots with Nels Cline before I even moved to New York, mostly in the context of The Scott Amendola Band, and have had various collaborations with him in the years since, most recently our bizarre coup at The Blue Note. If you don’t know anything about Nels you may recognize him as the “new” guitarist in Wilco. He’s radiant, ecstatic, brilliant and is driven to extremes by Jim. Though they hadn’t played together til M&M, I had always thought of them as musical twins. Matt Penman will be the new kid (Todd Sickafoose played last time). He was with Brad Meldau in the early and ecstatic years, has just been touring constantly with John Scofield/Joe Lovano/Matt Wilson band, is super nimble, solid, stays til the last drop has been drunk, and has big hedonistic paws that get the bass out of the bass.

7/17 Robbie Fulks Chicago IL Martyrs
7/18 Robbie Fulks Valparaiso IN opera house
12/3-20 Jenny Scheinman Tour, west coast including UC San Diego, UC Davis, Humboldt State University, Fallon, NJ, and Berkeley. Featuring three duos, alternately, with Myra Melford, Robbie Gjersoe, and Bruce Cockburn.

– If you’ve inquired about lessons and found it hard to schedule, lets talk! Late summer/fall will be good for that.

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