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Bobbe Shore: Bio

Bobbe Shore and First Call
Jazz, Standards, Swing and Blues

Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist

Bobbe Shore has performed throughout the DC metro area, sharing her passion and love of Jazz, Standards, Swing, and Blues with those who are familiar with the genre, and winning over new audiences with every performance.

One quality which sets Bobbe apart vocally, is the honest and pure emotional
vulnerability she projects into her interpretation of the classic “torch song”.
Yet, in an instant, she can belt out the gutsiest of Blues, turning a phrase that will (for the moment) take you with her, as she disappears into a blues infused, smokey patch of night.

These days, she’ll dance you down the familiar streets of “America‘s Songbook”, while introducing you to a few new paths, on their way to being well-worn, with her original tunes, proving that America’s Songbook is a constantly evolving “work-in-progress”.

Her group, “First Call” features collaborations with the finest of DC’s jazz community including Wade Beach, Robert Redd and Harry Appelman( piano), Steve Novosel and Victor Dvoskin (bass), Frank Russo, Dominic Smith and Tony Martucci (drums), and Lyle Link & Pete BarenBregge (sax), and guitarists Gerry Kunkel and Kent Ashcraft among others. Together, they incorporate their individual strengths (quality solos, innovative voicings, and a mutual respect) to provide a unique and memorable musical experience which is enjoyed by the jazz initiated, as well as the novice…and one which passes way too quickly, leaving the audience to wonder, “Where did the time go”?!!! Because before the audience has even realized it, “Bobbe Shore and First Call” has taken them on a journey, and has entertained them…right through to “last call”!

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Bobbe Shore, Vocals
Bobbe majored in vocal performance/education at The College of New Jersey and has studied with respected New Jersey/New York vocal coach Robert Edwin. Her early career credits include musical theatre (“Carousel”, “Gigi”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and variety band engagements. Always challenging her range and willing to experiment musically, Bobbe has expanded her repertoire to include jazz, standards, swing and blues. She has performed in many top venues in the DC area, as well as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Capitalizing on her vocal versatility, her engaging stage presence and her interpretive style, her group, “First Call” (which can vary from two to five pieces, or more), brings together some of DC’s premiere jazz musicians, to deliver a uniquely entertaining and memorable musical experience (be it background or center stage!)

Wade Beach, Piano
Wade‘s performance experience includes working with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Gary Bartz, and Keeter Betts, among others. Venues include The Kennedy Center’s Kool Jazz Festival and the Wolftrap Jazz Festival, as well as Norway’s Jazz Cruise. As a member of the Air Force Band, and the Airmen of Note, Wade has performed for three presidents and with jazz greats Tommy Newsome, Joe Williams, and Arturo Sandoval. Wade has shared his wealth of experience and knowledge, serving as a faculty member in Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, and Individual Studies, at The Landon School, Charlie Byrd House of Music and George Mason University, currently as Professor of Jazz Studies.

Steve Novosel, Bass
Steve has toured the world and recorded with some of Jazz’s greats including Milt Jackson, Shirley Horne, David “Fathead” Newman, Red Norvo, Donny Hathaway, Sonny Rollins, Mose Allison, Betty Carter, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine. He has taught at Howard University and UDC, sharing his gift with many “next generations”. His quiet approach is overshadowed only by his unique interpretation of the music and the depth of his creativity.

Bruce Swaim, Saxophone and Flute
Bruce majored in saxophone performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also studied with acclaimed saxophonist James Houlik. His performance credits include The Spinners, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Gatton, Keeter Betts, Carl Allen, Martha Reeves, Millie Jackson and others. Bruce has also performed
in the studio for numerous film and television recording projects and jingles.

Frank Russo, Drums
Frank Russo artist/educator for Bosphorus Cymbals, MD Drums and The Vic Firth Education Team, is also a faculty member at Towson State University. He has performed with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Michael Feinstein, Keter Betts, Joe Byrd and Chuck Redd. Frank has toured overseas and at international jazz festivals (Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, etc.). Following a distinguished career with the prestigious Naval Academy Band, his recordings for Summit Records have gained praise from Downbeat, JazzTimes & Modern Drummer.