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Roberta Donnay

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: August 10, 1966    

Roberta Donnay

“Roberta Donnay is a major new find. The fact that Orrin Keepnews produced her record is a tipoff, plus that her backup trio includes pianist Eric Reed with four guest appearances from tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis. Roberta has a very appealing voice somewhat reminiscent tone-wise of Norah Jones. However, she is much more of a jazz singer than Jones, swinging, using subtle improvising, making some tunes quite bluesy and displaying versatility. What's Your Story is a very impressive effort, highly recommended. It makes one happy that Roberta Donnay has decided to pursue a jazz career.” - Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene...
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”Roberta Donnay, “What's Your Story?” (Rainforest Records): It is, however, safe to say that the world doesn't desperately need any more female jazz singers. Not to sound condescending, but I get a lot of new CDs featuring good-looking women who can't sing their way out of paper bags. It doesn't take a music critic, however, to hear that Roberta Donnay is an exception. She covers such songs as Johnny Mercer's “Drinkin' Again,” and Bob Dorough and Fran Landesman's “Small Day Tomorrow” in the same way that she covers her face in the photo on the cover of her album: with a wide brim. Her engagement with the lyrics, her supple sense of time and her soulful, little-girl timbre remind you of Billie Holiday. She is elegantly accompanied by the pianist Eric Reed and a discreet rhythm section.” - Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune

“Mill Valley resident Roberta Donnay has long been one of the Bay Area's standout pop singer- songwriters. Now she's going home - to jazz.

Her new compact disc, “What's Your Story,” produced by the legendary Orrin Keepnews, is a revelation - soothing and seductive, softly scintillating. Her beautifully phrased vocals manage to be both innocent and worldly, subtle yet deeply moving. A versatile singer, Donnay can deliver the goods in swinging or slow and sultry style.

Her composition, “Stop This Train,” holds its own with songs penned by such luminaries as Johnny Mercer, Al Jarreau, Mose Allison and Thelonious Monk and Abbey Lincoln. Highlights on the CD include ”Life In The Slow Lane,” the bluesy “If You Live” and the classic “No Regrets,” previously recorded by Billie Holiday and Phoebe Snow. Donnay makes every song her own.” - Paul Freeman, Palo Alto Daily News

  • A Little Sugar


    2012
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  • What's Your Story

    Self Produced
    2006
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