Maud Hixson: She Said/She Said: Classic Female Songwriters
Tue · January 9, 2018
7:30 pmThe Dunsmore Room at Crooners
"Hixson's slightly gauzy tone and breezy phrasing evoked cool-school singers of the 1950s such as June Christy, Chris Connor and Anita O'Day. Yet there was nothing historic nor nostalgic about Hixson's manner, her inherent swing sensibility driving the music unstoppably forward. She benefited significantly from the pianism of Rick Carlson, whose buoyant accompaniment referenced the stride-style wizardry of Waller and James P. Johnson." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribunehttps://croonersloungemn.ticketfly.com/event/1606012/
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 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. 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 debuted her newest show, Skyscraper Wits, in London and New York in 2015, and released her latest recording, “Listening For Your Song”, in 2016, which features music from the pre-Songbook era. Maud received a Next Step Grant from the McKnight Foundation in 2015 and her most recent Artist Initiative Grant will fund a big band project in 2017. She made her second appearance at Rose Theater 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 made her Park Square Theater debut in The Soul Of Gershwin.
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432