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.
Maud debuted her newest show, Skyscraper Wits, in London and New York last year, and released 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 teamed with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett 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, one of which supported the research for her previous album "Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away", comprised of compositions by Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard. Featuring Tex Arnold, Steve LaSpina, Warren Vaché and Gene Bertoncini, it was recorded at Nola Studios in Steinway Hall, NYC in 2013. 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.”
Maud received a Next Step Grant from the McKnight Foundation in 2015. She 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. In December, Maud makes her Park Square Theater debut in The Soul Of Gershwin.