23 April 1958, Woodland, California, USA. Shank studied visual arts and French literature at the University of Washington and also studied jazz singing with Jay Clayton before embarking upon a singing career that took her across America and to Japan and Europe. In 1991, Shank was a member of Bob Doroughs quartet, where she sang, played guitar and percussion. Based in New York City from 1997, Shank attracted favourable attention at the start of the decade leading to her recording debut for Mapleshade Records, whereon she was co-produced by Shirley Horn and accompanied by Larry Willis and Gary Bartz. Among the venues at which Shank has sung are New Yorks Blue Note and Birdland clubs, Blues Alley in Washington, DC, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Chicagos Green Mill and Body & Soul in Tokyo. She has appeared at numerous jazz festivals internationally. Among musicians with whom she has worked are bass player Jeff Johnson, saxophonist Hans Teuber,...