Stuff About Me
Tania Grubbs has an extensive vocal range and has a interesting take on unique literature.
Grubbs has been singing as long as she can remember, in many different venues and genres. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University. While a student there, she gravitated toward singing and learning about jazz starting with the classic American Songbook. Tania focused on listening to recordings of every vocalist she could get her hands on, and whenever possible, she would sing at jazz sessions. It was a little over 20 years ago at one of those jazz sessions, that she met her husband, bassist-Jeff Grubbs. Jeff’s orchestral career landed the couple in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they lived for 5 years. While there, Tania sang in many jazz clubs and performed in numerous concert settings and theatre productions. Tania was a featured vocalist with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Voices of the Boca Pops Orchestra for 3 years. In 1996, Jeff won a position in the bass section with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and he is now on his 23rd season with the Orchesra.
Tania is the Co-Music Director at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, helping to oversee Jazz at Andys (a 3 night per week series) and considers herself an advocate and helps to cultivate jazz in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Today you will most likely hear Tania fronting their own jazz quartet, The Tania & Jeff Grubbs Quartet, featuring Jeff on Bass. She is also a part of TRAVLIN' an exciting quartet of musicians who play soulful, beautiful, honest, accessible songs. One of Tania's dreams is to travel the globe sharing her voice, music and passion for singing.
While in Pittsburgh, Tania has been a four-time recipient of the Ready for Life Grants, founded by the Heinz Foundation, working with young children through music and movement. She has also been a featured vocalist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Jazzlive Series, Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Washington Jazz Wine & Jazz Festival, Westmoreland Jazz Society as well as Butler Jazz Society. Tania remains active by touring nationally and conducts masterclasses for high schools and colleges.
Presently, Tania is writing and producing a series of six/80 minute concerts, titled the I AM Series Vols1-6, Tania likes to explain them as “mini documentaries”. The concerts will be debuted at City of Asylum’s Alphabet City throughout the year with the hopes that they can be performed in other venues throughout the country.
In 2014 Tania released her debut CD; Lost in the Stars..."as a mother of three and a woman who has been given the privilege to revisit the thing she loves to do-sing; I feel that now more than ever I have something to sing about"
Jeff and Tania are proud parents of three great kids, and they are honored to call Pittsburgh their home and to be part of its' rich musical legacy.