2013-2014 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

December 8, 2013

Tenor Saxophonist Virginia Mayhew

Performing the music of Mary Lou Williams and her own compositions

Tenor Saxophonist Virginia Mayhew performs the music of Mary Lou Williams and her own compositions. Featuring Noah Bless on Trombone, Ed Cherry on Guitar, Harvie S on Bass and Andy Watson on Drums.

Virginia Mayhew
Saxophonist/composer/arranger/bandleader Virginia Mayhew has been an active participant in the New York jazz scene since 1987, and has lead her own groups for over 25 years. She currently leads several quartets, a quintet, and a septet.

In the course of her career, Virginia has worked with renowned artistsfrom Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, Chico O'Farrill, Marlena Shaw, to Toshiko Aki- yoshi, Kenny Barron, Leon Parker, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Nnenna Freelon, and many others.

Virginia has been a guest on Marian McPartland's 'Piano Jazz,' the featured artist on NPR's 'All Things Considered,' and has appeared twice on 'Jazz Set' with Dee Dee Bridgewater. She was selected by Downbeat magazine as a 'Rising Star' on soprano saxophone, and has been the subject of several feature articles in Downbeat, Jazztimes and Jazziz magazines.

Her latest recording, Mary Lou Williams - The Next 100 Years, was just selected by Downbeat as one of the Best New Releases of 2012 and by Rhapsody as one of the ten best new CDs of 2012.

Virginia has appeared in most of New York City's major jazz venues (including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Smalls), and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia as well as in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Virginia has also been featured as a leader at many jazz festivals, both within the United States and abroad, and has traveled twice as a representative of the United States as a Jazz Ambassador (in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington), once to the Newly Independent States and a second time to Southeast Asia.

Early in her career, Virginia worked with veteran trombonist Al Grey for several years. She is featured on his 1992 release, FAB (Capri), and contributed several arrangements to his 1995 CD, Centerpiece (Telarc). She also worked for several years with Brazilian trumpet and flugelhorn player/composer/arranger Claudio Roditi, and was recently part of 'Dreamin' the Duke,' featuring Nnenna Freelon, Harolyn Blackwell, Mike Garson, and Terell Stafford. In addition, Virginia freelances with in the NYC area.

Tenor Saxophonist Virginia Mayhew