Saxophonist-composer-arranger Virginia Mayhew has been an active participant in the New York jazz scene since 1987. A native of San Francisco, Virginia came to New York in 1987, where she enrolled in the New School's Jazz Performance program, and was awarded its Zoot Sims Memorial Scholarship.
Since her arrival, Virginia has worked with such renowned artists as Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabakin, Joe Williams, Leon Parker, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Kenny Barron, Chico O'Farrill, Claudio Roditi, and many others. She has appeared in most of the city's jazz venues, including the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, the Village Gate, Sweet Basil, Fat Tuesday's, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, the Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center, and Town Hall, as well as performing throughout the United States, Europe, the Newly Independent States, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
Virginia has performed at many jazz festivals as a leader, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Floating Jazz Festival, the Verizon Jazz Festival, the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Panasonic Jazz Festival, the Guinness Cork (Ireland) Jazz Festival, the Verizon Music Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Jazz Festival, Llangollen International Music Festival and other smaller festivals.
Virginia has also traveled to the Newly Independent States (formerly the USSR...Kazakhstan, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine) as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department, featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, and to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh) demonstrating the Latin and Brazilian influence on Jazz Music.