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. - All About Jazz 2015
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.
On the heels of their beloved A Little Sugar release comes their second Motéma Music release, Bathtub Gin which, like A Little Sugar, mines 1920s gems but also takes the listener on a stroll into the 1930s. A seductive vocalist, Donnay and her band swing mightily with this authentic collection of vintage jazz, blues and swing that introduces listeners to the swing era with its jump-swing rhythmic horn sections and new dances. Donnay also includes four party-rousing shout-chorus originals that evoke and revive the open spirit that birthed jazz.
As a touring artist, Ms. Donnay has performed with or opened for many great artists (including George Benson, Bob Dorough, Dave Ellis, David Grisman, Dr. John, John Hammond, Herbie Hancock, Dan Hicks, Huey Lewis, Joe Sample, David Sanborn). In addition to appearing on others' recordings, 8 independent CDs have been released of Ms. Donnay's originals and jazz recordings. Her songs and vocals have been featured in film and TV. Donnay wrote the song “One World”, used to celebrate United Nation's 50th Anniversary, adopted by schools and events as a world peace anthem, including Hague Appeal For Peace (NL) and World AIDS Day (South Africa).
A festival favorite, Donnay's group has appeared and headlined at many shows and festivals, including the Exit Zero Jazz Fest (NJ), Whiskey FestNW, San Jose Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Mustard Mud & Music Festival and guest artist at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Currently, Roberta Donnay is signed with Motema Music (NYC) and her " Prohibition Mob Band " tours the US in theatres, clubs, events, and festivals.