Tony: A Newbie’s Take on Marilyn Maye

Let me start with the obvious: Last night’s Marilyn Maye Show at Jardine’s might have been the single most inspiring thing I’ve seen in my adult life.

Let’s get the “business” out of the way for all of the cynical d-bags looking to weight useless “journalistic ethics” in a blog post. Yes, KCC has an affiliation with Jardine’s; also just about everybody in Kansas City has a crush on the proprietor Beena Rajalekshimi who was turning heads in one of her amazing dresses from Hobbs last night. Kansas City is home to a vast array of contradictions and conflicts but in the end — Nothing was more important at the performance than the performance of an enduring, iconic Kansas City Jazz Legend.

Without question, the mostly silver-haired crowd was completely enthralled by Maye singing old standards from “That Old Devil Moon” to A medley dedicated to Ray Charles. It was awe inspiring to watch the crowd take part in an impromptu sing-along when Maye started into “Goody Goody” by Ella Fitzgerald.

Jardine’s provides an intimate venue for all of its performers but the rapport that Maye built with the crowd in such a short time was intense. Make no mistake, these were intense fans coming out to see her on a Friday Night but as Maye chatted back and forth with the crowd they seemed more like old friends. Additionally, my favorite part of the chatter during the set was when Maye described an old school interview given by her drummer of 47 years, Jim Eklof. She noted that the drummer’s reply to a question about how he kept pace with Maye’s elcelctic choice of tempo for her songs was simple: “He said, for the printed word now, that he just watched my ass.” This saucy bit of humor and even a few leg kicks were completely captivating coming from the 82 year-old lady who has helped to shape the current pop-culture conception of Jazz thanks in no small part to her record number of appearances on the Johnny Carson Show.

The highlight for me was simply to watch this lady enjoying her art form and performing it expertly for adoring fans. The word legend gets tossed around very lightly in this media saturated age — But without question Marilyn Maye’s appearances at Jardine’s are akin to a legend coming home.

Tony Botello

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11 Responses to Tony: A Newbie’s Take on Marilyn Maye

  1. Anonymous says:

    smartman
    Bill Browlee beat you to a review by about a week and compared to his review yours was rather weak. Sweat on fatso.

  2. Anonymous says:

    MandDShagger
    KCC has an affiliation with Jardines? That’s a priceless explanation.

  3. Anonymous says:

    goshy
    Bill Brownlee sucks Tim Finn’s balls. Marilyn Maye was pretty good.

  4. Anonymous says:

    smartman
    Seeing as how the balls are encased by the scrotum it’s impossible for Bill to literally suck suck Tim’s balls. Whether that be true or not the point was that Bill’s review was in the rag sooner and was better than Tony’s.
    McTavish and Edelman are the only contributors to KCC that should write reviews anyway.

  5. Anonymous says:

    dimebag
    It’s no secret at Jardine’s that Hearne and Beena had an “affiliation” way back when Hearne was married which says more about Beena than Hearne.

    Hey Culo, I was visiting some of my latino friends and family last night in KCK. They all think that you’re Hearne’s bitch. That he gives you some taco money since you can’t pay your own way in this life.

    You asked Tim Finn how Hearne’s balls tasted. We should ask you the same culo, no?

  6. Anonymous says:

    jojo
    did john knox village sponsor her show.
    Legend? Come on…barely known outside of
    kc…send her to vegas and they go “WHO?”..
    OKAY TONY…ITS OBVIOUS YOU DON’T GET OUT
    OF THE BASEMENT MUCH SO THIS WAS A BIG TREAT.
    YOU STOP BY WINDSTEADS FOR A DOUBLE WITH CHEESE…AND MOMMY LETS YOU ORDER A LARGE
    MILK SHAKE SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GOOD THIS WEEK.
    THEN SHE LETS YOU STAY UP PAST 10 SO YOU CAN
    WATCH THIS OLD LADY SING SONGS THAT WERE POPULAR
    60- YEARS AGO.
    TONY…LEAVE THE REVIEWS TO THOSE WHO HAVE
    EXPERIENCE.
    GET BACK IN THE BASEMENT AND WRITE THE USUAL
    TRASH YOU’RE FAMOUS FOR LIKE SPITTING ON
    PEOPLE AND MAKING FUN OF DEAD MURDER VICTIMES.
    L IS FOR LOSER…AND YOU’RE THE BIGGEST LOSER
    EVER.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bill
    I enjoyed Tony’s insightful review.

    -Bill Brownlee

  8. Anonymous says:

    Orphan of the Road
    I’ve seen her several time at sold out shows in NYC. An amazing performer.

    I always took her for granted before those shows.

    Jojo, too much month and not enough meds again?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Goshy
    Bill’s review was great. Tony’s review offers his unique take. The haters con only offer hate.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Steve
    Hit Singles

    * Cabaret #9AC 1966
    * Sherry! #8AC 1967
    * When We All Get Together #25AC 1967
    * Step to the Rear #2AC 1967
    * Til You Come Back #35AC 1968
    * Feelin’ #14AC 1968
    * Think Summer (w/Ed Ames) #17AC 1969

  11. Anonymous says:

    Tony Botello’s Harassment Victim
    Hey Tony,

    If you call to threaten me on my cell phone again about your little illegal spic buddies I am going to go over and slit your fat fucking throat.

    Tony didn’t like a post I made about illegal immigration on TKC so he called me up and threatened me over the telephone, telling me that “Don’t like illegals, motherfucker…well we’re gonna get you”.

    No Tony, keep this up and you will surely be the one “got”.

    Keep an eye peeled, cholo.

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