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Maud Hixson

Hailed as “gently virtuosic” (All About Jazz), singer 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 four 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

ARTICLE: RADIO

How Sweet it Is

Read "How Sweet it Is" reviewed by H William Stine

Sweet. It's a word you don't hear much, especially now. Home Sweet Home? After four months of sheltering in place, what's so sweet about being home? Sweet Dreams? It's been months since I had one. Sweet Spot? I know what it used to mean, but now it means keeping six feet away from people. Sweet Nothings? ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 3-9

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 3-9

Seems that the Star Tribune only intermittently recognizes music beyond Pop these days, but rest assured, jazz is alive and well, if mostly in small venues in the Twin Cities. Intimate spaces have considerable merit for this music! Take this weekend for example — Maud Hixson singing at Parma, Dean Magraw and Steven Hobert dueling at ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward

Read "Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward" reviewed by David Bittinger

Maud Hixson has built an accomplished career as a performer and recording artist out of unlikely circumstances. She grew up far from the capitals of jazz and vocal music, in the Twin Cities area. Doris Day's performance in the Ruth Etting biopic “Love Me Or Leave Me" served as a primary inspiration for a young Maud ...

Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away

Label: Maud Hixson
Released: 2013
Track listing: Don't Let a Good Thing Get Away; I'm All Smiles; Growing Up Is Learning to Say Goodbye; Old World Charm; The Time Has Come; The Kind of Man a Woman Needs; Just a Little Love Song; The Spider and the Fly; Where Do the Lonely Go?; Not Exactly Paris; Why Did I Choose You?; Childhood's End

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maud Hixson: Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away

Read "Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away" reviewed by David Bittinger

This collection of songs by veteran composer Michael Leonard has deep roots but contemporary character. It was laid down in New York's legendary Nola Recording Studio, whose clients have included Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. The outstanding instrumentalists--cornetist Warren Vache, bassist Steve LaSpina, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and pianist/arranger Tex Arnold--have worked with such luminaries as Benny ...

Love's Refrain

Label: Maud Hixson
Released: 2007


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