Tania Grubbs Quintet Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Tania Grubbs Vocalist

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This amazing performance was recorded live on May 24th, 2019 at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar in Nyack, NY and marks the premiere of the "Live at Maureen's" recording series. This recording is not to be missed!

The venue itself was named in honor of pianist David Budway’s late sister Maureen Budway who was an enormously talented vocalist and a close personal friend of Tania Grubbs. When Tania, an exceptional jazz singer, was approached by the club’s owners David Budway and his wife Brianne Higgins about making a live recording there, she naturally jumped at the chance. You will hear the wonderful acoustics and amazing spirit of this room.

This recording has many wonderful facets. The album opens with a lively version of Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” followed by an energetic yet lilting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on A Wire”. Other highlights are Horace Silver’s “Peace” featuring a tasteful intro and solo by guitarist Ron Affif, a haunting version of “The Peacocks” by Jimmy Rowles, an original composition by Tania set to the famous Emily Dickinson poem “Hope is a Thing with Feathers” and Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” with a very interesting rhythmic underpinning.

Joining Tania are world-class jazz musicians David Budway on piano, Ron Affif on guitar, James Johnson III on drums and Jeff Grubbs on bass.

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Album notes

This entire recording is a love letter to dear friend, Pittsburgh jazz fixture, and namesake for Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, Maureen Budway. From the first note, it is quite apparent that Tania has lived in and loved these songs. Some were originally arranged with her husband and musical partner, Jeff, for a series of six concerts at City of Asylum, a literary and music performance hub in Pittsburgh. From this body of work came a stunning original composition set to Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope is a Thing with Feathers”.

All the musicians here have ties to Pittsburgh and Maureen, the beloved inspiration for this performance. Live at Maureen’s was approached with deep respect and care for the music, and an abundance of love and togetherness that inspired it. Each artist had the freedom to share their voice, resulting in a rich, organic meld. The artists savored the feel and aesthetic of the Cellar, embracing the entire room, and loving that moment. This live recording truly reflects the special spirit and FUN had during this performance - an almost tangible feeling.

Tania was thrilled to live in the moment with her fellow musicians, freely give of herself, and have the freedom to create, collaborate, and truly celebrate the music in a deeply felt way. On this night, the complete band respected, remembered, and celebrated both Maureen, and the deep love that music wraps everyone in.

Lost In The Stars

Tania Grubbs

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