BASSCHAMBER: Deep Bass with a Bit of Treble

Live at Joe Negri Auditorium, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh at Joe Negri Auditorium on Mount Washington (200 Cowan St. Pittsburgh, PA 15211) for an exciting and unique concert experience as vocalist Tania Grubbs performs with five world-class acoustic bassists (members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), a virtuoso bass guitarist, and a phenomenal drummer. Sit back with a beer in hand from Enix Brewery and enjoy unusual arrangements of music by Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Seals & Croft as well as Vince Mendoza and several other special tunes with various combinations of all things BASS!

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. CASH bar. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert at 7PM. Street parking is available as well as a public parking garage on Shiloh Street at Virginia Avenue. Shop and Save will also be accommodating parking for the concert.

Featured artists:
Tania Grubbs, vocals
Jeff Grubbs, bass
Peter Guild, bass
John Moore, bass
Aaron White, bass
Paul Matz, bass

Special Guests:
Tony Grey, bass guitar
James Johnson, III, drums

About The Artist: 

Tania Grubbs

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.

Tony Grey

Born March 25, 1975 in Newcastle, England. Tony is a multi-instrumentalist, master bassist, composer, producer, published author and award-winning music educator; he studied at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2001, receiving the prestigious 'Outstanding Performer' award. Tony is known for his 6-string electric bass technique, his blend of jazz/world-fusion compositions, and his groundbreaking music education curriculum and teaching Philosophy.

Tony was raised in a family where music was just another family member. His path toward becoming a musician was born out of an accident that nearly took his life. At the age of 18 after breaking his back, Tony picked up his first bass guitar. During his recovery he started playing under the watchful eye of legendary guitarist, John McLaughlin.

Tony successfully auditioned for a scholarship to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his years at Berklee, Tony joined the newly formed pop band ‘Bliss’. The group had signed a major record deal with the legendary record producer, Terry Ellis, who in the past discovered Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, Blondie, Huey Lewis and the News and Pat Benatar, to name a few. Tony spent 18 months touring with the group throughout Asia, appearing on several TV shows, recording three hit singles, filming MTV music videos, and achieving a Top Ten CD. Tony left the group in order to return to the USA to complete his studies at Berklee. During his last years at Berklee, Tony studied with some of the greatest teachers – Kenwood Dennard, Larry Watson, Bruce Gertz and Rich Appleman. Tony graduated from Berklee in 2001 with the prestigious “Outstanding Performer” Award.

Since graduating, Tony has led many clinics and master classes at Berklee and has appeared in many of the college’s showcase events, including a tribute to US pop legends Steely Dan, hosted by the President of Berklee, and attended by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

Tony has gone on to collaborate and perform with some of the world’s greatest musicians, such as: John McLaughlin, Hiromi, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gavin DeGraw, Hotei Tomoyasu, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans, Zach Alford (David Bowie/B52's), Reeves Gabrels & Jason Cooper (The Cure), Zakir Hussain, Gregorie Maret, Gary Husband, Mino Cinelu, Brian Blade, Mike Stern, Karsh Kale, Wayne Krantz, Steve Lukather (Toto), Branford Marsalis, Shaggy, Ice-T, M-1 (Dead Prez), Melanie Fiona, Toby Lightman, Simon Philips (Hiromi/Toto), Dave Holland, Mark Guiliana, Kenwood Dennard (Sting/Miles Davis), Russell Ferrante (The YellowJackets), David Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos/Meshell Ndegeocello), Larry Watson, Fabrizio Sotti, Ada Rovatti, Jetro Da Silva (Whitney Houston/Patti Austin), David Garfield, Frank Mccomb, David Nichtern, Res, Raymond Angry, Gene Lake (David Sanborn), Dave Dicenso, Chris Dave, Oliver Rockberger, Falguni, Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Deantoni Parks, Lionel Loueke (Wayne Shorter/Charlie Haden), Naveen Kumar, and Christian Scott.

In 2004, Tony had the great honor of performing at New York’s Lincoln Centre with David Nichtern’s band ‘Drala’ for his holiness the Dali Lama.

Tony produced and released his first solo album, Moving, in 2004.  In 2008 he released his second album, Chasing Shadows under the Abstract Logix label.  In 2010 he released Unknown Angels under the ObliqSound label. In 2013 he produced and released Elevation, featuring John McLaughlin, Tomoyasu Hotei, Mike Stern, Mino Cinelu, Reb Beach, and David Fiuczynski. His most recent CD, The Way Home will be released in 2016... STAY TUNED!

In 2012 Tony set forth on his journey as a music educator and unveiled the Tony Grey Bass Academy, the first documented online Academy in Bass Education. The Bass Academy was initially intended to be a companion to his book 'Tony Grey Bass Academy: Jazz Bass Method'; however, the Academy exceeded its initial vision and stands today as a complete and structured online music curriculum, designed to take players from the beginning of their journey through music, all the way to the very end and beyond, learning music creatively rather than mechanically. A groundbreaking philosophy developed by Grey, which now leads thousands of students to becoming the next generation of bass virtuosos.

James Johnson, III
James Johnson, III was mentored by jazz legend Roger Humphries at CAPA High School and has played with such notables as Ahmad Jamal, George Coleman, and James Moody. James is an Artist in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Music. He also has a new album out, Full Circle.