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.
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 addition, she is featured on singer/songwriter Felicia Carter’s 2008 double CD release Feather/Step Lightly, both as a performer and arranger. Amy collaborated with Ms. Carter, writing music and lyrics for Next Stop: Silver Spring, a television documentary on the B&O Railroad that aired on WETA (DC) in early 2008.
In 2011, Felicia Carter and Amy Shook released their first 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 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. Stay tuned for their new CD release!
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 concert in the spring of 2014 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD and released a 2015 studio album, Love Letters (featuring the beautiful Warren Shadd concert grand piano). Their newest recording, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, was released November 2015. For more information, visit fredhughes.com.
In 2013-2016, Amy performed with Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra backing up Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life for critically-acclaimed performances at Arena Stage in Washington, DC; the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, OH; Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE; and New World Stages in New York, NY. In the fall of 2016 Amy will be with Tappin’ at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse in Philadelphia, PA.
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 the Jazz Update, a quartet lead by saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk. 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 an 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 wpas.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, Centerstage, the Avalon Theatre, Arena Stage for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse 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, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Paul Carr, Lewis Nash, Steve Nelson, Greg Gisbert, George Mesterhazy, Valery Ponomarev, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ethel Ennis, Andy Ennis, 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.
For more information, please visit amyshook.com.
Amy’s bass, “L’Oscuro” (The Darker), is made by Luciano Golia of Torino, Italy.