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Virginia Mayhew

Virginia Mayhew

Virginia Mayhew is a master of her arts-as a jazz saxophonist and a black belt in karate. She says practicing karate and practicing jazz are more similar than not. “They’re both so intense, and they require so much work on timing and also technique. Karate is a lot more physical, of course. But with playing saxophone or practicing martial arts, once you’ve got the technique down, all that hard work gives you the freedom to express and try new things.”

Her fourth CD, Phantoms (Renma), with the group she’s led for seven years-trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Harvie S, drummer Allison Miller-is a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work. “I wanted to make a recording of the stuff we’d been playing live-that energy and all of the emotion I’d been dealing with after September 11th. And it’s evolved since then, but I live in New York, and you can’t escape the impact that it has on me and the music.”

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