madam maye

You want inspiration to embrace getting older? Look no further than local singing legend Marilyn Maye, who is getting the best reviews of her career — and awards and standing ovations — at age 82. Did she imagine this, back in the 1960s, when her career first took off? “Honey, I was too busy thinking about the next day,” says Maye, who returns to Jardine’s Restaurant and Jazz Club (4536 Main, 816-561-6480) for performances at 5 and 7:30 p.m., plus additional shows at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Wednesday and at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 18. Maye will be joined by another New York cabaret icon, Billy Stritch, along with drummer Jim Ecklof and bassist Gerald Spaits. Maye still sings the classic jazz standards, but her audiences keep getting younger. In fact, she now teaches master classes. And she’ll never stop wearing jewelry and bugle beads: “It’s a show for the eyes and ears,” she says. “I give my audiences a real night out!”— Charles Ferruzza

Sun., June 13, 5 & 7:30 p.m.; Mon., June 14, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., June 15, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., June 16, 6 p.m.; Fri., June 18, 6 & 8:30 p.m., 2010