Most of the Treasure Coast knows Doc Grober as a respected orthopedic surgeon. But those of us lucky to hear him at the piano know that his talents extend far beyond the operating room to leading of one of the area’s top Dixieland jazz combos.
Grober has been tickling the ivories since way before med school, when he formed a Pennsylvania band called Ron Grober’s Quaker city Rhythm Kings, which played regularly in Philadelphia and New York. He took a hiatus throughout medical school, internships and residencies, but eventually found his way back to the keyboard.
These days, he and his “Mudcats” – professional musicians recruited from throughout Florida – enjoy a loyal and ever-growing following, and look forward to making an annual “house call” at the Lyric.
So does playing jazz piano have anything in common with performing surgery? According to Grober, they both offer a continuing challenge and the opportunity for discovery. “I like the technical part of jazz,” he says. “It’s a never-ending learning process, like surgery. You can take the journey as far as you want.”