Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, saxophonist, composer, and educator Anisha Rush is a member of SJW’s Mentor Fellowship program. Anisha began playing the saxophone at the age of 10 and immediately developed an interest in jazz and gospel music. She went on to study music and psychology, earning a BM in Jazz Studies from the Thompson Jazz Studies Program and a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2016, she was chosen to attend the International Association of Schools of Jazz, a prestigious week-long conference led by renowned saxophonist Dave Leibman.
Anisha has shared the stage with Ron Miles, Greg Gisbert, Tommy Campbell, John Lee, and Art Lande to name a few great jazz artists. In 2016 she received a grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance through Pathways to Jazz allowing her to record her debut album entitled Pursuit. The album feature’s her unique approach to music with a number of original compositions. Anisha is also a well-respected educator and has taught at Metropolitan State University – Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. She’s now an active member of the Denver music scene as both bandleader and sidewoman.