Born: August 10, 1966
Musicians can take on the role of anthropologist, curious about what came before in music and how musicians reflected their world around them. 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.
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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