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”.

QUOTES

“Maud Hixson is one of the best, most sensitive and creative song stylists to come out of the pages of the Great American Songbook in the last decade. She has taste and sophistication, she is full of surprises, and boy can she sing!”
REX REED

 

“Her vocal style is so warm, intimate and compelling–it’s clear that she cares about the words and telling the story, with clarity and without artifice–practically a lost art these days.”
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, PIANIST, SINGER, HISTORIAN

 

“Hixson’s slightly gauzy tone and breezy phrasing evoked cool-school singers of the 1950s…there was nothing historic nor nostalgic about Hixson’s manner, her inherent swing sensibility driving the music unstoppably forward…it was the sound of Hixson’s voice and the alacrity of her approach to rhythm that left the deepest impression.”
HOWARD REICH, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

“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)

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REVIEWS/PROFILES

Click below to hear Phil Nusbaum’s interviews with Maud for KBEM’s Minnesota Music Profiles

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“A singular cabaret artist…”
click for full feature article by Howard Reich for the
CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

“Minnesota-based singer Maud Hixson stood out as the biggest revelation at the Chicago Cabaret Convention…”
Click for full review of the Chicago Cabaret Convention at the Park West Theater, Chicago, by Howard Reich for the
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Happy birthday to Maud, from Maud.”
feature article by Robb Murray for the
MANKATO FREE PRESS

“Hixson brings a rich voice to ‘The Man I Love’ and ‘S’Wonderful’.”
Click for full review of The Soul Of Gershwin at Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul, by Graydon Royce for the
MINNEAPOLIS STARTRIBUNE

 

“Hixson also proved herself a worthy, younger Syms-like ballad singer with ‘After You, Who?’.”
Click for full review of Rex Reed’s Tribute to Sylvia Syms at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater by Robert Windeler for
BISTRO AWARDS

 

“Maud Hixson tenderly set the mood inherent in the title of the Rodgers and Hart classic…”
Click for full review of Rex Reed’s Tribute to Sylvia Syms at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater by Rob Lester for
CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE

 

“A wrenching performance of ‘After You, Who?’…”
Click for full review of Rex Reed’s Tribute to Sylvia Syms at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater by Casey Mink at
BROADWAY WORLD

 

“Presenting these songs as fresh performance rather than nostalgic amusement…”
Click for full CD review by David Bittinger at
DEEP VALLEY SUN

 

“A song cycle that addresses growing up in the early 20th century.”
Click for full CD review by Roger Crane at
INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC

 

“What Maud does is a special art, rooted in the deep desire to make singer and song interwoven and inseparable.
She IS the song, and the song glows as a result.”
Click for full CD review by Michael Steinman at
JAZZLIVES.COM

 

“Maud pairs her sterling voice with informative commentary reflecting an off-stage scholar’s commitment to backstory and music history.”
Click for full CD review by Andrea Canter at
JAZZPOLICE.COM

 

Click for cover story in TWIN CITIES BUSINESS MAGAZINE

 

Click for radio interview with Judy Carmichael for JAZZ INSPIRED

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“Maud Hixson has built an accomplished career as a performer and recording artist out of unlikely circumstances…”
Click for full interview by David Bittinger for
ALL ABOUT JAZZ

 

Click for Twin Cities Critics Tally for the
STARTRIBUNE

 

“Hixson’s purity and acting talent made this familiar cabaret song stunningly emotionally effective.
The result was breath-taking and the audience applauded wildly for a long time…”

Click for full New York CD release review by Joe Regan, Jr. for the
TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES

 

“An acknowledged interpreter of lyrics, Hixson shines on every cut. In a breezy, confident delivery, the purity of Hixson’s alto is understated and crystalline. This further enhances her polished phrasing, especially on the most intimate lyric…”
Click for full CD review by John Hoglund for
CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE

 

“She has a kind of hipness and comfort level with the material that inspires confidence and a desire to follow her in her style and stylings…”
Click for full CD review by Rob Lester for
TALKIN’ BROADWAY

 

“She is sincere without ostentatiously Being Sincere; her cool voice and precise diction were only the outer coverings for a great warmth, deep feelings contained below…”
Click for full CD review by Michael Steinman for
JAZZ LIVES

 

“No actor could work these lyrics better, and that is the real art that’s going on here.
Master craftsmanship…”
Click for full CD review by Doug Boynton for
GIRL SINGERS

 

“Savvy in her phrasing and gently virtuosic, Hixson is the perfect voice for these songs…”
Click for full CD review by David Bittinger for
ALL ABOUT JAZZ

 

“Hixson is one of the outstanding young singers to come along in recent years…”
Click for full CD review by Joe Lang for
JERSEY JAZZ

 

“’Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away’, which is comprised of fresh and rewarding material, is easily recommended to fans of first-class singing…”
Click for full CD review by Scott Yanow for
L.A. JAZZ SCENE

 

“Maud Hixson takes a big, bold step on her album ‘Don’t Let a Good Thing Get Away,’
in the company of New York City heavyweights Tex Arnold, Warren Vaché, Gene Bertoncini, Steve LaSpina…”

Click for full CD review by Tom Surowicz for the
MINNEAPOLIS STARTRIBUNE

 

“Hixson does her homework and delivers something special and rare…”
Click for full CD review by Pamela Espeland for
MINNPOST

 

“Maud’s art lies in the nuances that create a relationship between singer and story, between singer and listener…”
Click for full CD review by Andrea Canter for
JAZZ POLICE

 

Click for full interview by Mike Pengra for
RADIO HEARTLAND

 

“Remembering Richard Rodney Bennett”
Click for guest blog by Maud Hixson for
BEBOPIFIED

 

“Smiling With Song”
Click for full review by Will Friedwald for the
WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

“Caught In The Act: Mickey Leonard Tributes”
Click for full review by Joe Lang for
JERSEY JAZZ

 

“Variations In Search Of A Theme”
Click for full review by Peter Leavy for
CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE

 

“Maud Hixson With Warren Vaché”
Click for full review by Joe Lang for
JERSEY JAZZ

 

“‘Coward’s Women’ Is A Witty, Intelligent Pleasure”
Click for full review by Pamela Espeland for
MINNPOST

 

“Musical Revue ‘Coward’s Women’ To Have Week’s Run At The Guthrie”
Click for full feature article by Michael Anthony for
MINNPOST