The Great American Songbook: The Prequel with Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson

Maud Hixson

Rick Carlson

All Ages
“Hixson stood out as the biggest revelation at the Chicago Cabaret Convention." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Singer Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson expand their songs-by-the-decade series in their ongoing residency in the most unique listening room in the Twin Cities. Focusing on the Great American Songbook, they performed shows concentrating on the 1920s to the present starting last year. This fall they revisit these shows, prefaced by an additional album of songs revealing the origins of the Great American Songbook. Sharing songs that pre-dated and influenced that golden age, this show includes early efforts from some of the biggest talents in songwriting, from Irving Berlin to Jerome Kern.

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. 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.” Said Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich after her 2017 debut “Hixson stood out as the biggest revelation at the Chicago Cabaret Convention.”

Rick Carlson has been the pianist for the  Wolverines Big Band  since 1980. He has performed on concert stages in London and New York City, and has appeared with Count Basie drummer Butch Miles, horn stars Warren Vaché, Delfeayo Marsalis, Evan Christopher and Wycliffe Gordon. His credits as musical director, arranger and pianist include the Guthrie Theater presentation of “Coward’s Women”, the Capri Theater “Legends Series” and in various concert and cabaret presentations internationally.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432