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 a 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 shows in her writing. Paul J. Youngman, of , raves about Amy’s ability to “build tension in her blues march groove to climax with the inclusion of the rhythm section and the harmonious horns that float, swirl, roll, and boil to a gentle simmer, giving way to graceful poise.”
Amy co-leads her own quartet 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 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 2007 on Summit records and received national acclaim in Jazztimes Magazine. She has also received national recognition for her performance on the album Uncertain Path by the Rob Levit Trio. 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, features 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, as both a performer and an arranger. Amy 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.
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. She is currently on the jazz faculty at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Amy also performs and teaches with the Jazz Update, a quartet lead by saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk, whose members are integral components of the Washington Performing Arts Society's (WPAS) Capitol Jazz Project in affiliation with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center. For more information on this program, visit .
Amy has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Strathmore Mansion, Blues Alley, Twins Jazz Club, and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City, and many festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Cape May Jazz Festival. She was also invited to perform at the White House on three occasions in 2009. She has shared the stage with such notables as Lionel Hampton, Jane Jarvis, Claudio Roditi, Al Grey, Bill Watrous, John Stowell, Greg Gisbert, Ingrid Jensen, Ethel Ennis, Slide Hampton, Paquito d'Rivera, Ali Ryerson, Maureen McGovern, Dee Daniels, Lanny Morgan, Jim Snidero, Frank Lacy, Walt Weiskopf, Greg Boyer and Bobby Watson. For more information, visit .
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