Salem native releases CD

PITTSBURGH- A CD release celebration is slated for Salem native Tania Grubbs’ new CD “Lost in the Stars” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mansions on Fifth Hotel, 5105 Fifth Ave. Tickets are $45 and include concert, “intermezzo” plates and dessert. Reservations are required by calling 412-381-5105. Valet parking will be available.

The CD is a treasure trove of tunes from the sweeping and romantic “Let Us Be Always” to the playful “I Got the Sun In the Morning” and features several songs that have never before been recorded, including one with lyrics by Pittsburgh’s own Lou Tracey.The string section of the National Symphony of Ukraine is also featured on the beautiful title track.

The CD showcases a cast of Pittsburgh musicians such as Jeff Grubbs (bass), Eric Susoeff (guitar), Thomas Wendt (drums) and James Moore (trumpet), and is rounded out by Daniel May (piano) who also produced, arranged, recorded, mastered and mixed the album at his own Maywood Studios.

Of Grubbs as a performer, May offers, “Tania has a musically adventurous spirit. I give her lots of credit for being brave and open enough to try looking at these mostly classic songs in a new and fresh way.”

A well-known member of the Pittsburgh music community, Grubbs studied music at Youngstown State University. She met her husband, bassist Jeff, as a jazz session over 20 years ago and spent time in Florida singing in concerts and clubs and as a featured vocalist with the Florida Philharmonic and the Boca Raton Pops Orchestra.

In 1996 Grubbs joined her husband Jeff, who was invited to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in the Pittsburgh music scene as a supporter, performer and volunteer community chair of the Reservoir Jazz Series, and as a featured vocalist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust JazzLive and many regional jazz societies. She can be found performing around town with her Tania Grubbs Trio.

Grubbs is the co-music director at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel and oversees programming for the Jazz at Andys series, she is also the music director of Mansions on Fifth Hotel.

Grubbs said of the release of her CD, “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.”

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