A supremely elegant jazz singer, a deeply moving torch bearer, and the funniest (and most natural) ad libber in the business, Marilyn Maye’s talent is eternal and irresistible.
Ms. Maye has received many awards in recognition of her work, including the 2008 and 2009 New York Nightlife Critics Award, the 2008 Backstage Bistro Lifetime Achievement Award and 2009 the MAC Celebrity of the year award. In the last three years, her 15 engagements at various venues in New York – including the Metropolitan Room, 92nd Street Y and Birdland – have been met with resounding critical and audience acclaim.
Ms. Maye’s RCA recordings consist of seven albums and 34 singles, including the first hit recording of “Cabaret.” The Lamp is Low, her album of ballads arranged and conducted by Peter Matz, is considered to be a classic. Her recent recordings include Rapport, The Singing Side of Life, and Maye sings Ray.
Appearances with symphony orchestras have included the Phoenix Symphony (conducted by Doc Severinsen), the Philly Pops (conducted by Peter Nero) Florida Philharmonic, and many more. Ms. Maye’s starring roles in musical theater productions include Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, and Jerry Herman’s, Hello Dolly! and Mame.
While most performers regarded an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to be a major career break, Ms. Maye had a standing invitation, appearing a record 76 times. Mr. Carson nicknamed her “Super Singer”. Perhaps the most simple and eloquent accolade came as she finished on of her show-stopping appearances on Johnny Carson when, turning to his nightly audience of million, Mr. Carson said, "And that, young singers, is the way it’s done."
"From the moment she took the stage with her trio - pianist/conductor Tedd Firth, bassist Tom Hubbard and drummer Jim Eklof - Maye instantly set the scene for the evening, creating a party atmosphere with a group of freshly minted old friends who came ready to have a good time." - Palm Beach Daily News, 2010
"Maye's Her Kind of Broadway show at the Metropolitan Room was a love-in, filled with showstopping 11 o'clock numbers no matter what time it was." - The Village Voice, 2010
"Kapow! Marilyn Maye’s new show, In Love Again, at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, is a blast of pre-springtime energy that defies the laws of nature in the happiest way. Ms. Maye may be over 80, but to borrow the argot of grizzled show business pundits on a talent search, 'this thrush is going places.'" - The New York Times, 2010
"She's so hip that basic scat singing is too square for her; she would much rather take a lyric phrase and stretch it into a run of syncopated, chromatic syllables... With her powers virtually undiminished at age 82, she reminds me of the charge I used to get when Rosemary Clooney and Mel Tormé were with us (or when I get to hear Tony Bennett live)." - Wall Street Journal, 2010