Jazz Age Preservationist
Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob
Award-winning singer and composer Roberta Donnay has been performing and recording for more than two decades.
Prior to forming the Prohibition Mob Band, she recorded wth legendary producer Orrin Keepnews and was a member of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks. Donnay's music spans multiple genres, including writing for film and TV.
The Prohibition Mob Band, led by Roberta Donnay, is a vintage jazz and swing band that employs 1920-30s swing, blues, and roots music in the jazz tradition.
FEATURED LINE UP
- Roberta Donnay - vocals, (sings in a coy seductive manner).
- Rich Armstrong - trumpet/coronet
- Sheldon Brown-clarinet
- Mike Rinta-trombone
- Matt Baxter - guitar
- John Burr - piano
- Sam Bevan - bass
- Deszon Claiborne - drums
PRESENTER PROMO VIDEO
"She is an endangered species." - Dr. Herb Wong
"With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay." – Jazz Times
"Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions, but her music isn't covered with cobwebs or dated in any way." - All About Jazz
This jazz baby makes the '20s roar again and swings out '30s tunes buoyantly enough to float away even the Great Depression… - San Jose Mercury News
"Donnay's voice could make any classic material sound wondrous and timeless, but the fact that she digs so deep into American musical history -- makes A Little Sugar not only sweet, but a recording that will stand the test of time." - All Music Guide
"Once in awhile, a talent comes along that’s an undeniable force of nature. Roberta Donnay, the driving wheel behind Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob Band, fits that description." - Music and More Arizona
"Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time, as she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America." – Motema Records
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE 4 stars **** "Stylistic kind to flappers of the anything goes 1920s, Roberta Donnay has a silky, clean voice that is a small marvel of geniality, rarely dipping into touchy-feely cuteness. She's drawn to material from the canon of American songs recorded between the two world wars. All the while, the well-groomed, jazz-inclined Prohibition Mob Band motors along spiritedly." – DownBeat 2015