Stuff About Me
Tania 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 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, so Tania, Jeff and 8 week old baby Zoe moved to Pittsburgh.
Today, you will most likely hear Tania singing with her own jazz quartet, The Tania Grubbs Quartet, featuring Jeff on bass.
She is the Co-Music Director at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, helping to oversee Jazz at Andys (a 4 night per week series), as well as the Music Director for The Mansions on Fifth Hotel; Pittsburgh's first boutique hotel.
Since living in Pittsburgh, Tania has been a four-time recipient of the Ready for Life Grants, founded by the Heinz Foundation, for 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, The Pittsburgh Jazz Society, The Westmoreland Jazz Society as well as The Butler Jazz Society.
This year, Tania released her new 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!"
Tania is the proud mother of three great kids, and she is honored to call Pittsburgh her home and to be part of its rich musical legacy.