MUSIC - Amy Shook - Bassist, composer and songwriter


Amy moved from the west to the east coast in 2003, settling in the Washington DC area.  Since her arrival, she has  become "one of the most in-demand upright bassists" in the metropolitan DC and Maryland area,  She is a versatile musician, able to play "jazz standards as well as new music." 

She co-leads "The Amy Shook Quartet" with drummer Frank Russo, and her husband, Pat.  Amy and Frank also co-lead the FAB Trio with jazz pianist, Bob Butta. 

Fred Hughes Trio with Amy Shook & Frank Russo Avalon Theater

Over the years, Amy has received national recognition for her skills with the bass.  She is featured on the album "Uncertain Path" by the Rob Levit Trio, and the song, "Daily Grind Blues",  was included in Bassics Magazine's  No. 38 "The Bassics Companion CD", which is published with the magazine.

In 2009, The Shook/Russo Quartet released "So Far From Home" on Summit Records, which features all new music by Amy and Pat. She is featured on singer/songwriter Felicia Carter's 2008 double CD release Feather/Step Lightly, as both a performer and an arranger of the music.  She also "collaborated with Felicia Carter to write music and lyrics for "Next Stop: Silver Spring", a television documentary on the B&O Railroad airing on WETA (DC) in early 2008."

Amy 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. She 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.

Amy has performed at 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.  She has performed at 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."


Felicia Carter & Amy Shook “Nothing To Do”
Press Release

"Following their collaboration of music for a PBS documentary, jazz vocalist Felicia Carter and bassist Amy Shook joined forces in forming ShookShak productions, to showcase their original music. Their maiden release, “Nothing to Do”, features the same ensemble from Carter’s critically acclaimed double CD, “Feather/Step Lightly”; the FAB Trio (Amy Shook – bass, Bob Butta – piano, Frank Russo – drums), and Donato Soviero (guitar). According to the Washington Post, “Carter can cast a spell with her lyrics alone”, while the FAB Trio “has uncommon cohesiveness and passionate positive energy”, says JazzTimes."   ~ Link to .PDF file


Listening to "Nothing To Do"

“What a fantastic little treasure I found the other day when I got to hear Amy Shook and Felicia Carter live at the Westminster Presbyterian Jazz Night! Somehow this CD wound up in my CD player, and I was soon groovin’ to their title track, “Nothin’ To Do.” Love Felicia Carter’s voice, silky smooth with a penchant for Portuguese, and her songs have a bluesy/jazzy/new orleans feel to them. "   ~ Shannon Gunn, trombone - Jazz to the Bone


Album review: "Nothing to Do"
"You won’t find singer Felicia Carter and bassist Amy Shook dutifully saluting prime influences on “Nothing to Do.” They’re too busying toasting boisterous spirits, celebrating witty songcraft and conjuring warm lyricism. "   ~ Mike Joyce, April 29, 2011 - Washington Post

Amy Shook & Shook/Russo Quartet: Oh Wow!

Jazz with an Exclamation Point
“Amy Shook speaks in exclamation points. During a thirteen-minute conversation about her music at the Cape May Jazz Festival this past April, the 36-year-old upright bassist’s voice rises markedly in pitch and intensity no less than five times. “Oh wow!” she exclaims alto voce when asked about her aspirations for her Washington, D.C.-based, traditional-style jazz ensemble with Frank Russo - the Shook/Russo Quartet."  
~ Tara Nurin, JazzTimes


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