Roberta Piket/Virginia Mayhew Duo

Photo of Roberta by John Abbott.
Photo of Virginia by Ulysses Beato.

Since pianist/composer Roberta Piket returned to her native New York, the New England Conservatory graduate has played and recorded with Benny Golson, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Elliot Zigmund, Mickey Roker, Rich Perry, Billy Hart, Jeff Williams, Harvie S, Ratzo Harris and Billy Mintz. She has twice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio, as well as performing with Ms McPartland in concert at the Eastman School of Music.

Roberta has performed her music at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, the Texaco-New York (Knitting Factory) Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Club in New York, the Museum of Modern Art, Birdland, and Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has also toured Japan, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Ukraine and Spain.

She has held master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Rutgers University, Cal Arts, Duke University, the Northwestern University Composers' Colloquium, and many others in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Her latest recording, "One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" appeared in 2016.

She has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with her trios, and solo.

New York saxophonist/composer Virginia Mayhew has worked with Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, Chico O'Farrill, Marlena Shaw, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron, Leon Parker, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Nnenna Freelon, and the Duke Ellington Legacy, as well as leading her own bands since 1987.

She has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s ‘Piano Jazzʼ, NPR’s ‘All Things Consideredʼ, and ‘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 feature articles in Downbeat, Jazztimes and Jazziz magazines.

Virginia has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil, and Smalls, in NYC, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.

Her latest recording, "Mary Lou Williams – The Next 100 Years", was 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.