Topekan Jazz icon returns for a concert

TOPEKA — Jazz Icon Marilyn Maye brings her high energy and robust talent to Topeka tonight. Marilyn was one of Johnny Carson’s favorite guests, appearing 76 times on his show. Carson often tagger her as a “Super Singer”. Jazz great, Ella Fitzgerald, dubber her as “The greatest white female singer in the world.”

This 80 year old renown, jazz musician will play tonight in a free concert at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the performance will start at 7. No ticket is required to attend.

Marilyn’s cabaret style of jazz is still relevant today. But her career started when she sang as a child in local contests, subsidizing the family income during the Great Depression. Her talent won her many appearances on local and national television and radio show through the decades. She is included in the prestigious Smithsonian Institution for Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Center’s permanent collection.

She continues to pack the house at New York City’s Michael Feinstein’s Lowe’s Regency every year. RCA also signed Marilyn to a recording contract. Some of her well known singles are “Cabaret” (1966), “Sherry” (1967), “When We All Get Together” (1967), “Step to the Rear” (1967) and “Til You Come Back” (1968).

Some of her awards and nominations include a Grammy Award in 1965 for “Best New Artist”, the Kansas Arts Commission’s Distinguished Arts Award, Mabel Mercer Award and the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award.


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