Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Maud Hixson is a singer of classic jazz and popular songs of the 20th century, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She became a full-time musician after being presented as “Best New Voice” at the KBEM Winter Jazz Fest in Minneapolis in 2003, and now works with a variety of musicians, including the continental sextet French 75, which she founded with clarinetist Tony Balluff. She made her Guthrie Theater debut in “Coward’s Women” in 2010 with singer Erin Schwab, performed at the New York Cabaret Convention in 2011 at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, and in 2012 appeared in concert with composer and pianist Richard Rodney Bennett as part of the Midtown Jazz Series in New York. A two- time recipient of the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, she recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her newest album, “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away”. The first album devoted to the music of Broadway composer Michael Leonard, with arrangements by pianist Tex Arnold, the CD also features bassist Steve LaSpina, cornetist Warren Vaché, and guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Recorded at Nola Recording Studios in Steinway Hall, New York City, the CD was released May 1st, 2013. Release parties were held at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis May 29th, and at the Café at Broadway in New York City September 4th.
Awards:Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants: 2006, 2008
Maud knows how to sing to you. Her style is so efficient, moving and always true to the meaning of the lyric and the integrity of a great melody. It makes her liberties all the more expressive. It’s refreshing to hear a great singer who knows it’s really all about the song. MICHAEL JOHNSON, SINGER/SONGWRITER/GUITARIST
Maud is a very special young lady with a great gift to communicate to her audience. Her voice is so beautiful. She has the magic. SANDY STEWART, SINGER
I think she’s the new Peggy Lee; a young singer out of the Midwest. If you like cool, artful storytelling in jazz, check her out! AMANDA MCBROOM, SINGER/SONGWRITER (“THE ROSE”)
Maud sounds wonderful. Strong and sure and musical. She’s got an honesty that is real and comes across easily. She is a talented lady. Working with her is a pleasure. WARREN VACHÉ, CORNETIST
The simplicity and grace of her singing is stunning. LAUREL MASSÉ, SINGER (MANHATTAN TRANSFER)