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Amy Shook


Amy Shook is one of the most in-demand acoustic bassists in the mid-Atlantic, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. In addition to being a premier performing and recording artist, she is an accomplished composer, and her personality truly comes through in her writing. Amy co-leads the Shook/ Russo 5tet, a band she started in 2004 with her husband, tenor saxophonist Pat Shook, and drummer Frank Russo. Along with their other band members, trumpeter Tim Leahey and guitarist Jonathan Epley, their focus has always been to compose and perform their own original music within the jazz idiom, honoring the masters by carrying on the tradition. The result is an incredible and unique sound, and a whirlwind of grooves, melodies, and diverse textures that are a true delight to hear. The SR5tet currently has two CDs on Summit Records featuring Greg Gisbert, and their next release will be available in the fall of 2017.

Amy also performs regularly with the Fred Hughes Trio, and has recorded three critically acclaimed albums with the trio (Love Letters, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and Matrix). Additionally, Amy also has a brand new debut CD out with the all-women powerhouse trio the 3Divas, simply titled “3Divas,” with drummer Sherrie Maricle and pianist Jackie Warren. 3Divas is the super-swingin’ trio that sparked the fire that ignited the award-winning show Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, described by the New York Times as “blistering hot.” 3Divas are also featured on baritone saxophonist Leigh Pilzer’s debut CD Strunkin’, recorded live at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in March 2016, and released in October 2016. Amy holds two bachelor's degrees (performance and composition) and a master's degree (performance) from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.

Amy has performed with Maurice Hines in Maurice Hines’ Tappin Thru Life, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Larry Willis, Greg Gisbert, George Mesterhazy, Wessell Anderson, Ali Ryerson, Jim Snidero, Walt Weiskopf, Tim Warfield, Giacomo Gates, Steve Nelson and Lewis Nash, to name a few. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center Damrosch Park, Birchmere, Arena Stage, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Delaware Theater Company, off-Broadway at New World Stages in NYC, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, and the Cape May Jazz Festival, and performed at the White House twice in 2009 by special invitation. For more information, please visit

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Video 6/11/2017: DC Jazz Festival presents Bass-ically Yours: Amy Shook

Since moving to the East Coast in 2003, Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove.

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Amy Shook