Roberta Donnay

Jazz Age Preservationist

Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob

INTRODUCTION

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

ACCOLADES

"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

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DESCRIPTION

The Prohibition Mob, led by Roberta Donnay, is a vintage jazz and swing band that employs 1920-30s swing, blues, and roots music in the jazz tradition.

The ensemble's mission is to explore, celebrate, and promote America's jazz roots by interpreting vintage material as well as contributing original works reminiscent of the Jazz Age. Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band have been touring the U.S. since 2012.

Currently, "My Heart Belongs To Satchmo" released on Blujazz, 2018 is devoted to the early music of Louis Armstrong, continuing the band's tradition of resurrecting both well-known and obscure vintage music.

Previously,"Bathtub Gin" was named Best Albums of 2015 by DownBeat Magazine. "A Little Sugar" (2012) spent 9 weeks on the Jazz Radio Charts.

Roberta Donnay has made it her mission to bring back the musical stylings of the Jazz Age in America. She has compiled an impressive list of standards, and put her own twist on them, including a mixture of jazz, blues, swing and soul influences into these brilliant covers.

Donnay'€™s voice is pure sugar and honey, and captures the emotion of these time - honored jazz standards.

FAVORITES INCLUDE:

  • €œSweet Georgia Brown
  • €œPennies From Heaven
  • Basin Street Blues
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Why Don't You Do Right
  • Bye Bye Backbird
  • Happy Feet
  • Bath Tub Gin
  • Empty Bed Blues