Cleveland, Ohio native, Jeff Grubbs, is a jazz bassist who for the past 20 years has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He received his musical training at Youngstown State University, The Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California.
In 1986, Jeff won one of Downbeat Magazine’s “Dee Bee” awards for Best Collegiate Bass Soloist, and has since performed in the local jazz scenes of Cleveland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Pittsburgh with a number of internationally recognized jazz artists including Nat Adderly, Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Kurt Elling, Roger Humphries, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, Chris Potter, Diane Schur, Lonnie Smith, Ira Sullivan, Billy Taylor, Joe Williams, Ramsey Lewis.
Jeff is currently adjunct Double Bass professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University, Florida International University, Clark-Atlanta University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Brevard Music School, Slippery Rock University and as Associate Professor of Jazz Double Bass at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
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Tania Grubbs is also an Ohio native and graduate from Youngstown State University, Tania is a graduate of Youngstown State University and a little over 25 years ago at an open jazz session is where she met her now husband bassist, Jeff Grubbs. Jeff’s career landed the couple in South Florida where they lived for 5 years. While in Florida Tania sang some of the finest jazz clubs, performed in numerous concert setting as well as theatre productions. Tania was a featured vocalist with the Florida Philharmonic, and a “voice” of Boca Raton Pops Orchestra for 3 years. In 1996, Jeff landed his position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While living and working in the Pittsburgh region you will most likely hear Tania fronting her own quartet, or singing with their group TRAVLIN’ an exciting quintet of musicians who play soulful, beautiful, honest, accessible songs.
Tania is the Co-Music Director of the Fairmont Pittsburgh helping to oversee Jazz at Andys, a 4 night per week series.
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, soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Bass Trio 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.
In 2013 Tania released her newest 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..” For more information visit: taniagrubbs.com.
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|Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.|