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Jenny Scheinman: String Thing

Jenny Scheinman

For the past 15 years Jenny Scheinman has been at the center of jazz’s string renaissance, first in the San Francisco Bay Area and since 1999 in New York City. Both as a bandleader who has recorded a series of increasingly confident albums featuring original material, including two brilliant sessions for John Zorn’s Tzadik label, and as a collaborator with artists such as pianist Myra Melford, Brazilian singer-songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria, drummer Scott Amendola and especially guitarist Bill Frisell, Scheinman has exemplified the string player as creative wild card.

“We have a spotty history,” Scheinman says. “We are orphans, bastard children, wild and unparented. We are the immigrants on the street trying figure out the system and find a way to get along.”

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