Mary Ann Hurst
with Richard Maxwell & Jim Mings
About Mary Anne, vocals
Born in Long Island, New York, Mary Ann has traveled the globe, including Europe and Asia. Focus has been on building China-US relations for several years. Her musical talents has spanned genres such as musical theater, jazz, symphony chorus, and college & church choirs. She has collected and translated Chinese folksongs while living in Beijing. She recorded an album entitled “Chinese Folksongs in a Jazz Mode” with some of Texas' top jazz musicians while living in San Antonio. The album features songs sung in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English and available at Amazon.com. She now lives in Camden.
About Jim, guitar
When Jim came to Columbia in the mid 1970’s, he was already known as a guitar hero in his hometown of Austin, TX. By the time Jim was in high school in the 1960’s, he was one of the city’s top blues and rock players, performing nightly at Austin’s legendary nightclubs of the time: The Continental Club, Vulcan Gas Company, and Armadillo World Headquarters, as well as performing with many blues and rock legends, including Johnny Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, and Jimmy Vaughan. In these early days, Jim’s admirers already included none other than the young Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, both mentioning him in interviews as one of their early blues guitar influences. Eric Johnson mentioned Jim during an interview with Guitar Player Magazine.
Jim regularly performs with many top local jazz players in addition to backing up many famous musicians traveling through town.
About Richard, guitar
Guitarist Richard Maxwell performs throughout the southeast at concerts and clinics. His articles, transcriptions and music engraving work have appeared in Just Jazz Guitar magazine and Mel Bay books. He transcribed works for the Mel Bay book, Bucky Pizzarelli Master Jazz Guitar and has written solo guitar arrangements for other Mel Bay books. Locally he performs with many players including: Kristi Hood, saxophonist and vocalist Mary Clare Gatch, The Ross Holmes Band, The Dick Goodwin Band and vocalist Mary Ann Hurst. Richard plays a custom built Comins 7-string archtop guitar, Yamaha GC-70 Classical guitar, and uses Comins amps.