Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, saxophonist, composer and educator Anisha Rush began playing the saxophone at the age of 10 and immediately developed an interest in jazz and gospel music. Anisha 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 selectively chosen to attend the International Association of Schools of Jazz, a prestigious week-long conference led by renowned saxophonist Dave Leibman.
Anisha actively performs as bandleader of the Anisha Rush Quartet as well as the Pursuance Trio. As a sidewoman, she has been a member of The Ron Miles Group, The Boy/Girl Band lead by Art Lande, and the Colorado Jazz Group Big Band, playing with Colorado’s top players including Brad Goode, Jeff Jenkins, and Ken Walker. Recently, Anisha received a grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance through Pathways to Jazz allowing her to record her debut album, Pursuit released in October of 2016. The album features her unique approach to the music with a number of original compositions. Anisha is now an active member of the Denver music scene as both bandleader and sidewoman.