Amy Shook

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, an exciting trio she performs regularly in, 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 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, airing on WETA (DC) in early 2008.

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If you have a high-resolution audio system, the power and depth of Amy Shook's bass on “Just You/Just Me” will remind you why you spent all that money.” ~Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times Magazine, Oct. 2007~

“Amy Shook builds 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.” “So Far From Home should be in every straight-ahead, jazz lover's house.” ~Paul J. Youngman, www.jazzreview.com

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