Jazz in July: Marilyn Maye

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Jazz in July: Night 3
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

5:00-5:45 PM: Valley Jazz Combo (encore 7:00-7:20 PM)
6:00-7:00 PM: Big Fun outside on John & Penny Krantz Stage
7:30-9:00 PM: Marilyn Maye inside on Theater Stage

This free summer program wouldn’t be possible without the help of its premier sponsor, Principal Foundation, as well as expertise from our Jazz in July Arts Advisor John Krantz.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chairs to spread out and enjoy the opening sets outside, and then, everyone is invited inside the historic theater for the second half. Attendees will be able to purchase food and beverages on site. Patrons are not allowed to bring their own alcohol; this must be purchased on site. Events will go on, rain or shine.

Please note: All health and safety precautions will be followed in July, per CDC guidelines and Hoyt Sherman Place policies. Check our Jazz in July website listings for event protocols.

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Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance. The award-winning Ms. Maye appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 76 times, the record for a singer. His usual accolade for her came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when he turned to his audience of millions, Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it's done.”

Maye was “discovered” by Steve Allen who presented her various times to his national television audience. That led her to an RCA recording contract, seven albums and 34 singles. She has received numerous awards and honors – including the American Jazz Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to other many other similar arts organizations awards.

Marilyn Maye was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1928, but she moved to Des Moines at the age of 14. She graduated from East High School. She re-wrote the lyrics for “Step To The Rear (and Let A Winner Lead The Way),” which became a hugely successful campaign song for Governor Robert Ray.

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Eastern Iowa based Big Fun, with some of the top jazz educators and jazz performers in Iowa specialize in funk, soul, and jazz fusion from the '60s and ’70s including the music of Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, The Jazz Crusaders, Fred Wesley, The Meters, James Brown, and more…

Tim Crumley (drums), Danny Oline (bass), Michael Conrad (keys), Steve Grismore (guitar), Anthony Williams (bone), Chris Merz (reeds)


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