Note to Omaha jazz fans, especially the young ones: Come hear Marilyn Maye today. All female jazz singers who follow her to town will merely be pretenders.
Far too many empty seats greeted Maye, 85, Saturday night for her first of two performances with the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Capacity crowds of diverse ages have greeted other jazz performers there, with or without the symphony. So, for the uninitiated, here are several reasons why today's 2 p.m. finale ought to become a must-see event: