Jenny Scheinman

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Jenny Scheinman
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Scheinman at the Austin City Limits Festival, 2008
Background information
Born (1979-06-08) 8 June 1979 (age 37)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Origin Petrolia, California
United States
Genres Jazz, country, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocalist, Violin
Website Jenny Scheinman's Website
Jenny Scheinman
At Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2015
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Jenny Scheinman is an accomplished violinist. Renowned as a jazz violinist, she has credits with artists in many genres. She has collaborated and played with Linda Perry, Norah Jones, Nels Cline, Lou Reed, Ani Difranco, Bruce Cockburn, Aretha Franklin, Lucinda Williams, Bono, Bill Frisell, the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Allison Miller. She has produced several critically acclaimed CDs of her own, including 12 Songs, named one of the Top Ten Albums of 2005 by the New York Times.[1] In 2008 Scheinman released a self-titled vocal album. She has also played with her friend, Sean Lennon, on the Late Show with David Letterman. [2] Her playing is frequently used as soundbed for NPR programming. Her latest release, Mischief & Mayhem, features guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Jim Black and bassist Todd Sickafoose.

She grew up in Petrolia, California, a remote area of Humboldt County near Cape Mendocino and currently resides in New York City. She has two children, Bellamy and Rosa.

She is the niece of robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman, and the granddaughter of Telford Taylor, Chief Prosecutor at the United States war crimes trials at Nuremberg.


  • Live at Yoshi's (Avant, 2000)
  • The Rabbi's Lover (Tzadik, 2002)
  • Shalagaster (Tzadik, 2004)
  • 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone, 2005)
  • Crossing the Field (Koch, 2008)
  • Jenny Scheinman (Koch, 2008)
  • Mischief & Mayhem (self released, 2012)
  • The Littlest Prisoner (Sony Masterworks, 2014)

With Ani DiFranco

With Bill Frisell

With Eyvind Kang

With Christian McBride

With Madeleine Peyroux

With Rova::Orchestrova

With Lucinda Williams

  • West (Lost Highway, 2007)


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (25 December 2005). "The Year's Best Albums and Songs". New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Jenny Scheinman - Music Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

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