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Miriam Hyman, 53, longtime Brookline resident, died peacefully Sunday night, May 22 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a professional saxophone player and the Associate Director and beloved face of the John Payne Music Center in Brookline Village, 26 years. Miriam touched everyone she met with her music, her poetry, and her smile. Born in Detroit, Miriam grew up in Newton, and graduated from Boston University with a degree in English. She wrote and studied poetry for many years, and produced a large body of work. She didn't begin playing the saxophone until age 22, studying with John Payne, and later at Berklee College of Music. She quickly developed a unique sound and was playing professionally within a few years. She is known for her groups under her own name (The Miriam Hyman Trio and Quartet), playing with the Blues Cousins, the all-women Ruby Redd Band, Winnies Pub Band, and Split Image. Most unforgettable are her wild horn solos with the Funky White Honkies. She and husband Dan Wiener were also the resident duo at Union Street Restaurants Sunday jazz brunch for many years. She played for over 20 years in the John Payne Student Saxophone Choir, initially as a student, eventually as a ringer. Her energetic yet soulful alto sax style graced clubs, fairs and festivals, parties and many other venues in the Boston area for 25 years. Miriam will be remembered for her amazing ability to bring people together-musicians, students, writers - she was a rare person who connected deeply with everyone she met, and was considered a friend by many. Miriam is survived by her husband Dan Weiner, mother Phyllis Hyman, sisters Leah and Beth, brother Ed, and nephews Jeremy and Alex. Services will held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Levine Funeral Home, 470 Harvard St., Brookline, followed by a burial at Lindwood Memorial Park in Randolph. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Dana Farber.

Published in The Brookline Tab from May 25 to June 1, 2011
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