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.
After two very enjoyable CDs of music from the 1920s-30s, Roberta Donnay and her Prohibition Mob Band continue their exploration of early jazz and swing with a tribute to one of the most influential figures in all of jazz. Donnay is possibly the first female singer to record a full-length project devoted exclusively to Louis Armstrong.
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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. She
affectively proved so three years ago when, teamed with her Prohibition Mob
Band, she surveyed standards from the 1920s and ’30s on the charming A
Little Sugar. Now she’s back for more. – 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. On Bathtub Gin, this singer-composer puts a new coat of
paint on the songs of the '20s and '30s, contributes originals sympathetic to
the sounds of those times, and conjures thoughts of life during prohibition