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Vocalist Shoshana Bush grew up in Los Angeles singing American standards and loving Ella and Louis. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in jazz studies and working with George Lewis, Christine Correa and Barry Harris, she returned to LA and spent two years gigging and expanding her repertoire. These years were highlighted by two sold out shows at her musical home, Catalina Jazz Club, in November 2010 and August 2011.
After recording a demo disc, Shoshana moved back to New York in Fall 2011. Gigging around town for two years, she acquired a repertoire and confidence only NYC can cultivate. Returning to Los Angeles in January 2013, and funded by a successful kickstarter campaign, Shoshana recordied her first full length, live album entitled Shoshana Bush & Friends Live at Catalina Jazz Club. She was supported by her most diverse and talented group of musicians to date -- Isamu McGregor (piano) Larry Koonse (guitar) George Young (alto sax / flute) David Robaire (Bass) Gene Coye (Drums). "The singer performed with a clear and cool confidence, though her personality was subdued and mild” Tim Reid Jr., Music Connection. Reid continues, “Bush has a beautiful soft, smoky tone that suits perfectly for the Jobim classic 'How Insensitive,' a highlight of the evening."
Now, armed with her West coast sensibility and newly released full-length album, Shoshana continues to soar on the subtleties of her storytelling. "This young girl can convincingly belt-out the blues, as she demonstrated on Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln's 'Blues for Mamma,' but can sensitively convey the lyrics on her ballads, where her delivery is very conversational in tone and tempo, as she makes the songs a story-telling experience," wrote Les Traub in Cabaret Scenes. She has commanded the stage of New York's Birdland Jazz Club four times (her NYC home-base) and December 12th, 2013, she'll be celebrating her album release show with another Birdland performance. Additionally, on November 20th, Shoshana will be opening up for Jane Monheit during Monheit's week-long performance at New York's esteemed Blue Note Jazz Club.
Influenced equally and intriguingly by Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, and Ahmad Jamal, Shoshana chooses songs and creates her arrangements based upon her own narrative instincts and her multi-genre love of music. Traub explains, "Her varied approach to the material included an a cappella rendering of the verse to 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man' and an effective borrowing of Blossom Dearie's arrangement of 'Just One Of Those Things.' Back in Los Angeles, Shoshana also records and connects with writing partners and musical side-projects -- hip-hop group Maya Angeles and indie-electronic band Blue Green Gray. Expect new releases from both out in Fall 2013.
Shoshana's Live at Catalina album, and upcoming performances at Blue Note and Birdland are new milestones for this young Jazz and Blues singer on the rise. "Shoshana is a developing artist with a bright future as a jazz singer," Les Traub, Cabaret Scenes.