Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem

The dizzyingly eclectic, ever resourceful Jenny Scheinman has been a key player in the avant-garde and experimental jazz realm for more than a decade. A violinist, composer, fierce improviser, and, lately, vocalist, Scheinman moved from northern California to New York in 1999 and immediately fell in with the downtown crowd, eventually collaborating with everyone from Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, and John Zorn to Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones. After distinguishing herself as an instrumentalist, Scheinman unleashed her vocals on a surprisingly charming and effective 2008 eponymous album that included folk, blues, vintage country, and rock tunes from the likes of Williams, Jimmy Reed, Tom Waits, and Mississippi John Hurt. Scheinman's latest project is Mischief and Mayhem, an all-instrumental affair that will debut locally at the Walker and feature a virtual all-star lineup of first-call musicians with whom she's long been associated: guitarist Nels Cline (of Wilco fame), drummer Jim Black, and bassist Todd Sickafoose. The group's forthcoming album of the same name ranges from moody chamber jazz to aggressive, razor-wire, rock-fueled mayhem, all deeply layered with stray bits of Americana, Django's Hot Club, swing, and bop, and delivered with visionary intensity. (Photo by Michael Wilson)
Thu., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., 2010

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