|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Maryland, USA. Hubka has recalled her family as being very musical, in particular her mother who sang with a folk music group. From an early age, Hubka considered being a singer and leaned towards rock but did nothing about this through high school and into college, although she did study piano and guitar privately. While attending Frostburg State University, she learned about jazz partly through her guitar teacher, Bill Bittner. She began singing with the Frostburg Jazz Quartet, a group formed by Bittner and fellow student, Mike Geller. As she began serious consideration of a career as a singer, Hubka paid particular attention to artists who worked locally, notably Shirley Horn and Ethel Ennis. After graduation, Hubka moved to Washington, DC, appearing at venues such as Blues Alley. In 1989, after winning a Jazz Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hubka relocated to New York City to study with Anne Marie Moss. Far from neglecting her original...