A Tribute to Steve and Eydie with Maud Hixson and Jason Richards
Concerts Under The Stars Outdoor Music Series

A Tribute to Steve and Eydie with Maud Hixson and Jason Richards

Maud Hixson
Jason Richards
All Ages
Side By Side - A Tribute to Steve and Eydie Under The Stars! Seating is first come - first served in the Crooners Lakeside Tent.

"It's a love-fest celebrating Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, the singing team that began on Steve Allen's television show with "This Could Be The Start Of Something".

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.

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 has also appeared in Park Square Theater’s The Soul of Gershwin. She teamed with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in 2012 for the long-running Midtown at Midday concert series at Saint Peter’s in Manhattan and debuted her show Skyscraper Wits in London and New York in 2015.

Maud is the recipient of three Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, one of which supported the research for her 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. Her latest recording “Listening For Your Song”, features music from the pre-Songbook era referred to in the Betsy-Tacy series by Minnesota author Maud Hart Lovelace. 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 and her most recent Artist Initiative Grant funded a big band project in 2017. In 2016 she made her second appearance at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in a tribute to singer Sylvia Syms, hosted by Rex Reed and presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. After her Chicago debut last spring, the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich proclaimed, “Hixson stood out as the biggest revelation at the Chicago Cabaret Convention."

Jason Richards successful career follows in the footsteps of legends like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. It began with his childhood , where most of his time was spent on the musical stage in such shows including Oliver, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma and West Side Story.

After graduating from Loyola High School in Mankato, MN., Jason moved to Minneapolis, MN. and continued his musical theater aspirations starring in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Grease, and Scrooge. Bitten by the jazz singer bug, Jason started singing with jazz trios/quartets, big bands and as a solo vocalist/pianist at local jazz clubs in and around the Twin Cities.

In 2005, Jason toured Europe with nightclub and concert performances in Greece, Italy, Spain and France, as well as a main stage entertainer for Celebrity Cruises. Jason has performed for the Minnesota Twins singing the National Anthem at a season opener and was a featured vocalist for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2008.

Rick Carlson taught himself to play the piano by studying the vast works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and capitalizing on a long string of happy accidents. He has also perfected the art of “circular drinking”, whereby he can sip martinis uninterrupted while still playing a cohesive piano solo.

He has been the pianist for the Wolverines Big Band since 1980. He is a sought-after accompanist by singers and has served as pianist and musical director for various local concert series, including those for the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s “J To Z” series, the Capri Theater’s “Legends” series, and for special presentations at the Heights Theatre and performing arts centers across the United States. He has performed on concert stages in London and New York City, and has appeared with Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, trumpeter Warren Vaché, New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher, and served as musical director, arranger and pianist in the Guthrie Theater’s presentation of “Coward’s Women”. He has opened for Rosemary Clooney, accompanied Kathryn Crosby in various cabaret shows, and counts Madeleine Peyroux among his many unwitting fans.

Venue Information:
Crooners Lakeside Tent
6161 Highway 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432