|8:30 PM||Women In Jazz|
Featuring: Sharon Clark, Sharel Cassity, Helen Sung, Amy Shook, Allison Miller
|Performance||Ronnie Wells Main Stage|
Since moving to the east coast in 2003, Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in theBaltimore/Washington, D.C. area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She is an incrediblyversatile musician who enjoys playing jazz standards as well as new music by her local colleagues. She is also anaccomplished composer, and her personality truly comes through in her writing. Amy co-leads her own quartet withdrummer Frank Russo, and her husband, Pat. She has 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. 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. She is currently 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. 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. 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 to name a few.