Guitar- Rob Taube, Matt Werden
Voice- Rob Taube, Deanna Kirk, Sean Mahoney
Piano- Rob Taube, Deanna Kirk, Sean Mahoney
Trombone- Sean Mahoney
Pro-Tools- Matt Werden
Rob Taube- Music Director, Guitar, Voice, Piano
A busy musician, songwriter, producer and independent music teacher in New York City, Rob Taube brings a big-city edge to his country/rock-influenced music. He is the founder of Groove Garden music studio and it’s energy force. A former member of the Detroit rock band Scratch, Rob has worked all his life as a professional keyboardist, guitarist and singer. His credits include gigs with major musical acts like Hank Williams Jr., Leon Russell and James Taylor. Recently Rob has been writing songs with Simon Kirke, the multi-talented drummer for the legendary rock band Bad Company. Several of their joint compositions are featured on Simon’s upcoming album “All Because of You”, which drops February 10, 2018. In addition to a full roster of students learning guitar, voice, and piano, Rob is the steady captain of a full sound studio with song writing, producing and recording services.
Samora Free-Voice and Piano
Samora has a gift and love for teaching, passing on her passion for music to her students, fostering their gifts while meeting their needs and goals. Samora attended LaGuardia HS as a Classical Voice major and continued her music studies at Oberlin Conservatory. A native New Yorker, she brings over 30 years of experience as a performer and songwriter in every style of music. Samora has shared the stage with Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. Samora has also devoted her talents to the community by working with youth and special needs children. She has taught piano,voice, and band for the past 10 years at The Boys Club of NY leading them to perform at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Apollo, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space.
Deanna Kirk- Singing and Piano
Deanna has led a varied life as a musician. She has produced five CDs as a signed recording artist with Atlantic and Electra Records. Her music awards include a 2013 Bistro Award- outstanding achievement in vocal jazz, and National Endowment for the Arts- award for vocal excellence. Deanna’s education includes training at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts (classical piano), and the New School for Social Research,(jazz vocal). She brings a cabaret edge to all of her classes.
Sean Mahoney- Trombone, Voice, Piano
Since studying at the Dalcroze school and graduating from the High School of Music and art, Manhattan School of Music and Julliard, Sean has performed/recorded with the New York Philharmonic, has performed onstage in two Broadway shows: Rags, starring Teresa Stratas, and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, conducted the Rainbow Room Orchestra atop Rockefeller Center as vocal and trombone soloist, toured with Latin bands Johnny Colon and Larry Harlowe, and accompanied Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlisch, the Chieftains, Johnny Mathis, Dinah Shore, Al Martino, Tommy Tune and Jimmy Roselli. Currently, his trombone, vocal, piano and acting performances include leading his own orchestra, performing in clubs, singing as soloist/cantor at OLGC church in Yorkville, and entertaining at senior residences.
Matt Werden- Pro- tools, Guitar
Matt is a graduate of Berklee college of Music. He has worked as Chief Engineer at the legendary Lo-Ho Studios with the Blue Man Group. Matt has played, recorded and sound engineered for a variety of talented musicians throughout New York City. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Space Acres, his upstate music studio. When he is not making records, teaching, or playing guitar he can be found listening to records and playing guitar.