Hailed as “gently virtuosic” (All About Jazz), Maud Hixson is a devoted exponent of great songs, ranging from the classic Great American Songbook to the often unsung or forgotten compositions awaiting rediscovery.
She performed her newest show, “Skyscraper Wits” in London and New York last year, and releases her latest recording “Listening For Your Song”, in June, which features music from the pre-Songbook era.
Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Maud is the co-founder of the continental jazz sextet French 75 with clarinetist Tony Balluff. She made her Guthrie Theater debut in the Noel Coward revue “Coward’s Women”, and appeared with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in concert in 2012 for the long-running Midtown at Midday concert series at Saint Peter’s in Manhattan.
Maud is the recipient of two Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, which led to recording an album of compositions by Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard in 2013. Featuring Tex Arnold, Steve LaSpina, Warren Vaché and Gene Bertoncini, it was recorded at Nola Studios in Steinway Hall, NYC. Musician and historian Michael Feinstein observed: “Her vocal style is so warm, compelling and intimate—it’s clear she cares about the words and telling the story, with clarity and without artifice—almost a lost art these days.”
She received a Next Step Grant from the McKnight Foundation in 2015. Maud will make her second appearance at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center in October in a tribute to singer Sylvia Syms, hosted by Rex Reed and presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation.