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Virginia Mayhew Septet Celebrates Debut Recording at Sweet Rhythm, NYC
(Published: March 31, 2008)

Join saxophonist/composer Virginia Mayhew as she celebrates her new Septet CD A Simple Thank You, in concert on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5 at Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, NYC. Sets at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information, please call 212-255-3626.

Joining Mayhew for this concert are Kenny Wessel on guitar, Harvie S on bass, Victor Jones on drums, Lisa Parrott on alto and bari saxophone, Matt Musselman on trombone and, on Saturday only, Scott Wendholt on trumpet.

A Simple Thank You, Mayhew's fifth CD and the first to feature the Septet, showcases the bandleader's exceptional tenor and soprano work on nine songs, six of them Mayhew originals. Her working Septet, made up of some of NY's top players, rises to the occasion with ease, staying fully involved with the music. Joining Mayhew on the CD are her core rhythm section of Kenny Wessel, Harvie S, and Victor Jones, along with Noah Bless on trombone, Scott Harrell on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lisa Parrott on alto and baritone saxophones, plus special guests trumpeter extraordinaire Ingrid Jensen and veteran percussionist Mayra Casales. A Simple Thank You was released March 18th on Renma Recordings.

Mayhew says of the CD: "I'm particularly proud of it because I had wanted to write for a larger ensemble for years, and right after I finally wrote the music and performed it for the first time [in 2005], I got cancer and had to put the band on the back burner." As for the band: "The Septet is a natural outgrowth of my Sandan Shuffle CD (with Wessell, Harvie S, Jones) plus three additional horns. The Septet incorporates my long-time passions for Big Band Jazz, Latin music, composition, and improvisation... It's a fresh, exciting and swingin' combination."

April 4 & 5, 2008
88 7th Ave. South
New York, NY 10014

Sets at: 8pm, 10pm and 12am.
$20 cover at the door.

More Information: http://www.renmarecordings.com/Events.html

Submitted By: Renma Recordings

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