Biography

Hubb's Groove plays jazz, soul, gospel, classical and R&B music. The band was founded in 1995 under the name Moment's Notice. The founding band members are Rodney Hubbard, Cliff Coleson, David Heman, Eddie Baccus Jr. and I, Robert Hubbard Jr.  As band members went out on tour, we added new members, such as Robert White, Andrew Braxton, Keith Mckelly, Jermaine Lockhart, Tony Pulizzi and Walter Barnes Jr. The band changed it's name to Straight to the Point in 2000, Change on Five in 2004, then Hubb's Groove in 2006. The band has performed with, Angela Bofill, Roger Smith, Marcus Johnson, Walter & Tramaine Hawkins, Vesta Williams, Gerald Levert and many more. The band has opened up for Earth, Wind & Fire,Yellow Jackets, Randy Crawford, Marian Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Wayman Tisdel, Roy Ayers & many more....

 

 

Robert Hubbard, Jr.

 Drummer, Robert L. Hubbard Jr. is known for his diverse style of music consisting of jazz, gospel, R&B and rock. Often compared to Jeff Tain Watts, Tony Williams and Dennis Chambers. Hubbard is a gifted and respected drummer, producer and instructor. 

 Robert Hubbard, Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Robert and Virginia Hubbard. At the age of 5, Robert began to play drums in his father's church. He began his preparatory studies at the Cleveland Music Settlement , John Hay High School was later accepted into the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA) with Frank McComb, Avant, Conya Doss, Jason Champion and Lafayette Carthon II. During his junior and senior years he was recognized at the Tri-C Jazz Fest as the top high school jazz drummer in the state of Ohio. Also in his senior year he was awarded the honor with his trio as second top high school jazz trio in the nation, second only to Roy Hargrove, Dallas Arts Magnet school, by Downbeat magazine.  After graduating from CSA, Robert attended Jarvis Christian College in Texas.  Robert began his music career playing with local artists throughout Greater Cleveland. His first major tour began in 1993 with R&B group Men At Large, in which he appeared on the Arsenio Hall television show. Later, he toured with the hit production play, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and “Will A Real Man Please Stand Up.” His touring and performing career also consisted of him playing for artists such as Changing Faces, Gerald Albright, Sean Jones and many more. Additionally he played for gospel artists, Keith Moncrief and The Gospel Family and Walter and Tramaine Hawkins. Robert started his own band, Moments Notice in 1996 who opened up for the late Wayman Tisdale, Roy Ayers, Marion Meadows, Yellow Jackets, Earth Wind & Fire, James Carter and Randy Crawford.

 

In 2000, Robert began producing from "Studio 89," a studio birthed from him and his brothers, in which he is the chief engineer.  Robert has produced local artists and choirs throughout Greater Cleveland.  He taught at the Christian Music Academy for three years and after several years of private teaching began teaching at the Hubbard School of Music and Fine Arts in 2005.  

 

Artists Performed and Toured With

 David Garfield (Jazz)                                         Charles Woolfork & Covenant

 Terrance Blanchard (Jazz)                                    Walter Barnes Jr. & Men of Ministry

 Ellis Marsalis (Jazz)                                              Calvin Stokes

 Neal Zaza (Rock)                                                 Tony Pulizzi

 Mikki Howard (R&B)                                             Ronald Williams & Voices of Koinonia

 Vesta (R&B/Jazz)                                                 The Hubbard Bros. Family & Friends

 Mike Phillips (Smooth Jazz)                                   Carlos Jones                                

 Roger Smith (Smooth Jazz)                                   Lafayette Carthon II

 Walter Hawkins (Gospel)                                       Musiq Soulchild

 Tramaine Hawkins (Gospel)                                   Conya Doss

 Sean Jones (Jazz)                                                 Melvin Burkes

 Gerald Levert (R&B)                                              Johnathan Dunn

 James Lloyd (Jazz)

 Eric Noelen Grant (R&B)                                        TV Appearances

 Gary Burton (Jazz)                                                Arsenio Hall

 Ruben Wilson (Jazz)                                              Today Show

 David Garfield (Jazz)                                             Word Network

 Eric Marinthal (Jazz)                                              Daystar

 Kirk Whalum (Jazz)                                               PAX

 Gerald Albright (Jazz)                                            FOX 8                         

 Marcus Johnson (Jazz)

 Algebra Blessed (Neo-soul)

 KeKe Wyatt (R&B)

 Norman Conners (Jazz)

 Men At Large (R&B)

 A Good Man is Hard to Find (Stage play)

 Changing Faces (Hip Hop/R&B)

 Conya Doss (Music Director) (Neo-soul)

 Frank McComb (Soul/R&B)

 Angela Bofill (Music Director) (Jazz R&B)

 Eddie Baccus, Sr. (Jazz)

 Eddie Baccus, Jr. (Jazz)

 R. Kelly (R&B/Hip Hop)

 Lafayette Carthon II (Gospel/Jazz)

 Johnny O'Neal (Jazz)

 Joe McBride (Jazz)

 Lailah Hathaway (R&B/Jazz)  

 Tia Fuller (Jazz)

 Marcus Strickland (Jazz)

 Alex Bugnon (Smooth Jazz)

 
 
 
 
 
George Granville,  Keyboardist                                                       Robert Hubbard Jr. ,Drummer                                                 Tony Watson Jr. , Saxophonist
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Born to a musical family in Xenia, Ohio April 17, 1981, Tony started playing at a young age! Getting his first gig at the age of 14 has since then made a name for himself in the smooth jazz industry. Tony is currently touring with Smooth Jazz Legends Pieces of a Dream. He has performed and or recorded with smooth jazz legends such as: 
Bob James, Alex Bugnon, Earl Klugh, Ledisi, Joe Mcbride, Najee, Pieces of a Dream, Phil Perry, Mike Phillips, Walter Beasley and many more! Also performing with R&B superstar Keke Wyatt, Gospel jazz's Terrance Palmer and more!!! Watch for him to explode onto the jazz scene solo in the near future!! www.tonywatsonjr.weebly.com