Since moving to the east coast in 2003, Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She is an incredibly versatile musician who enjoys playing jazz standards as well as new music by her local colleagues. She is also an accomplished composer, and her personality truly comes through in her writing. Amy co-leads her own band with drummer Frank Russo and her husband, Pat. Their first album, The Shook/Russo Quartet featuring Greg Gisbert was released on Summit Records in July 2006, and it features all original compositions by Amy, Pat and the group's pianist, Tim Young. Amy and Frank also co-lead the FAB Trio with jazz pianist extraordinaire, Bob Butta. The trio's first album, The Shook/Russo Trio featuring Bob Butta: Introducing the FAB Trio, debuting new music by both Amy and Bob, was released in July of 2007 on Summit records, receiving national acclaim in Jazztimes Magazine. She has also received national recognition in reviews for her performance on the album Uncertain Path by the Rob Levit Trio, with guitarist Rob Levit and drummer Frank Russo. As a result, she was featured in Bassics magazine on their CD Sampler published with the magazine.
The Shook/Russo Quartet's 2009 release on Summit Records, So Far From Home, once again features trumpet virtuoso Greg Gisbert, and all new music by Amy and Pat. In early 2013, The Shook/Russo 5tet changed personnel, now featuring Amy Shook, upright bass, Pat Shook, tenor sax, Frank Russo, drums, Tim Leahey, trumpet and Jonathan Epley, guitar. The quintet will be recording in the spring. Stay tuned for their new release!
Additionally, Amy is featured on singer/songwriter Felicia Carter's 2008 double CD release Feather/Step Lightly, both as a performer and arranger. She also collaborated with Ms. Carter, writing music and lyrics for Next Stop: Silver Spring, a television documentary on the B&O Railroad, airing on WETA (DC) in early 2008.
In 2011, Felicia Carter and Amy Shook released their first CD collaboration Nothing To Do, receiving great acclaim, leading to multiple performances at Baltimore's award-winning venue, Centerstage, including premier billing for the 2011 four-day Holiday Cabaret.
In the summer of 2013, Amy joined the Fred Hughes Trio (Fred Hughes, piano, Amy Shook, bass and Frank Russo, drums), performing for audiences up and down the east coast. The trio recorded a live DVD performance in the spring of 2014 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, and can be viewed on YouTube. Since then, they have released 3 more critically acclaimed albums, Love Letters in 2015, I'll Be Home For Christmas in 2015 and Matrix in 2016. For more information, visit www.fredhughes.com.
In 2013, Amy joined Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra backing up Maurice Hines' TAPPIN' THRU LIFE for critically acclaimed performances at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, OH, where Sherrie and Amy met pianist Jackie Warren and formed the powerhouse trio 3Divas. From there, they went on to more critically acclaimed performances of TAPPIN' THRU LIFE in Wilmington, DE at the Delaware Theater Company, Off-Broadway at New World Stages in New York, at Penn's Landing Playhouse in Philadelphia and a live webcast concert version of the show at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York. They also did a TV performance of the show, filmed live at the Katherine Hepburn Performing Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, for The Kate TV series' 2nd season, airing in April of 2017.
Baritone saxophonist extraordinaire and fellow DIVA member, Leigh Pilzer, invited the 3Divas, as well as trombonist Jen Krupa, to perform at the 2016 Washington Women In Jazz Festival. The resulting live recording, STRUNKIN', is Leigh's first recording as a bandleader, and is straight-ahead, swingin' jazz at its finest. Recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Charlie Pilzer at Allyworld, the dual-purpose performance/tracking space at Airshow in Takoma Park, MD, STRUNKIN' features six originals by Leigh, one by Jen, and one by Amy, and has garnered rave reviews both nationally and internationally.
In addition to her constant performance schedule, Amy is also an accomplished music educator, and holds two bachelor's degrees (performance and composition) and a master's degree (performance) from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. Amy also performs and teaches with various teaching artists, led by pianist Fred Hughes. The members of this ensemble are integral components of the Washington Performing Arts Society's (WPAS) Capitol Jazz Project in affiliation with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center. The Capitol Jazz Project holds a unique partnership with the D.C. Public Schools to support the study of music through jazz instruction and student performance in the schools, as well as through a free summer jazz camp. For more information on this program, visit www.washingtonperformingarts.org.
Amy has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Chris' Jazz Cafe, The Strathmore Mansion, Blues Alley, The Deer Head Inn, Centerstage, the Avalon Theatre, Arena Stage for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, Delaware Theater Company, Off-Broadway at New World Stages in New York, and many festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Rehoboth Jazz Festival and the Cape May Jazz Festival. She has shared the stage with such notables as Lionel Hampton, Bobby Watson, Larry Willis, Tim Warfield, Bootsie Barnes, Maurice Hines, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Paul Carr, Lewis Nash, Steve Nelson, Greg Gisbert, George Mesterhazy, Valery Ponomarev, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Ali Ryerson, Jim Snidero, Walt Weiskopf, Bruce Barth, Greg Abate, and Warren Wolf to name a few. She also performed at the White House twice in December of 2009 with the Eli Yamin Quintet by special invitation.
Amy's bass, "L'Oscuro" (The Darker), is made by Luciano Golia of Torino, Italy.
Find out more about Amy at her website www.amyshook.com.