Steve Abshire has appeared in concert twice with the "Great Guitars". Once with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd, (filling in for Barney Kessel), and once with Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola.
He performed with various Navy Bands for 24 years, from 1973 to 1997. Steve landed the job of guitarist/featured soloist with the Commodores, the U.S. Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years until he retired in 1997.
Steve performed in Europe twice at the famed "Jazz In Marciac" jazz festival in Marciac, France, and can be found on numerous recordings, including six of his own. In 1987, his first, "Big Brass Bed Blues" received a 4 1/2-star rating from Downbeat Magazine, which called him . . .
"...fluent, assured, directly communicative...definitely one to watch".
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. She is an accomplished composer, and her personality truly comes through in her writing. Along with the Steve Abshire Trio, her current projects include The Shook Russo 5tet, 3Divas and the Fred Hughes Trio. Amy performed with Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra backing up Maurice Hines' Tappin' Thru Life for critically acclaimed performances at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, OH. and New World Stages in New York City. Amy's bass, "L'Oscuro" (The Darker), is made by Luciano Golia of Torino, Italy.
Fred Hughes has performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Europe. A sampling of the jazz festivals at which he has performed include the Newport, Montreux, Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals. He has conducted symphony orchestras to include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops and Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestras. Fred can be heard on over 30 recordings, including 8 with the Fred Hughes Trio. The Trio's lastest recording, Matrix (2016, ShoreThing Records) was #1 on the RMR Top 50 Jazz Albums Chart for 5 weeks. His book, The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory, was originally published by Warner Brothers Publications and is now available from Alfred Publications.