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And we're so happy to be back in the public (safely).
New recording in the works!
The project began in my head. And with the help of Bob Dorough so many years ago. We started writing arrangements and getting ready are in process of recording! If you want to contribute to "Dear Blossom" a record dedicated to the music of Blossom Dearie, please go here: https://gofund.me/26dce9d9 Thank you for your donation! A full description of the project is here....
Meanwhile, two wonderful NYC jazz musicians are coming to CA on tour and we're doing some shows together - Harvie S and Roni Ben-Hur, along with Mike Greensill and yours truly. Look for us in April.
Two great reviews from Birdland performance!
Autumn In New York.. And other places (November 12-21, 2021) Concert Reviews, Frontpage by Thomas Cunliffe. November 23, 2021
Roberta Donnay at the Birdland Theatre. Photo by Thomas Cunliffe.
The second set at Birdland that night featured Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob from San Francisco. This was clearly a stage revue, with the musicians all dressed in fedoras and period costumes, and vocalist Donnay appearing in a form-fitting floor-length dress that could have been lifted out of Mae West's closet. Still, these players are jazz musicians to the core, and they played this music (dating from 1911-1939) with great energy and meticulous attention to stylistic detail. Trumpeter Darren "The Lip" Johnston and trombonist Ric "Throw 'em in the River" Becker played short, concise solos over the tight rhythm team of Marcus "Knuckle Sandwich" Persiani, bassist/arranger Sam "Shotgun" Bevan, and drummer Dave "Sticks" Gibson. Donnay's vocal delivery was charming and seductive. Her musicianship reveals that she is not as ditzy as her stage persona indicates, as she brings great understanding to the lyrics, both comic and serious. Near the end of the set, Donnay brought up her friend Kay Kostopoulos dressed as a member of a harem and sporting two pairs of finger cymbals. Her solo on "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" was as close to finger cymbal virtuosity as I've ever heard (and if she wasn't also from the Bay Area, I'd claim this as an "only in New York" moment!) Like the Oswalt band preceding it, Donnay's Prohibition Mob offered an entertaining show as educational as it was delightful."
Next review here is from Andrew Poretz from "The Theatre Pizzazz" :
Exciting News! "Acting Like Nothing Is Wrong" is the feature documentary about the inspirational journey of actor Jim Hoffmaster. Nekujak and I completed scoring this wonderful film. This is a joyful project. and we're so grateful to creatively contribute to this poignant film. Jane Rosemont, the award-winning director, brings Jim's touching story to life. You might remember Jane's previous film "Pie Lady Of Pie Town", which gathered a plethora of film festival awards. We're so excited to be working with this brilliant talent.
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"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.
For My Heart Belongs To Satchmo, Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band revive 15 songs from Armstrong's career. Avoiding the obvious hits, Donnay performs both superior obscurities and personal favorites.
"'My Heart Belongs To Satchmo' is such a joyful project for me," adds Donnay, "I wanted to capture the heart of Satchmo and the love that we have of his music." Ms. Donnay, her arrangers, and the musicians of the Prohibition Mob Band succeed at paying a loving tribute to the great Satchmo." - Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian
Check out this..
CD "My Heart Belongs To Satchmo" released 2018, on Blujazz. Produced by Roberta Donnay, Sam Bevan, Matt Wong. Arranged by Matt Wong, Sam Bevan, Roberta Donnay, except for Pennies From Heaven: Instruments arranged by Sam Bevan, Vocal Arrangement by Roberta Donnay, Annie Stocking, and Dan Hicks (with new and additional lyrics by Dan Hicks).
Prohibition Mob Band: Roberta Donnay-vocals, John R. Burr-piano, Sam Bevan-bass, Deszon Claiborne-drums, Rich Armstrong-cornet / trumpet, Mike Rinta-trombone, Sheldon Brown-clarinet, Matt Baxter-guitar
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BOB DOROUGH ~ ROBERTA DONNAY
- New Jazz Recording to be released (we don't have a release date) -
Here's the back story:
We're so very excited to announce this
Previously Unreleased Recording
Bob Dorough & Roberta Donnay's version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is again hit radio airwaves this Holiday Season.
Upcoming EP features Bob Dorough’s compositions, some never heard, along with a few reimagined numbers formerly recorded by Bob Dorough and Blossom Dearie.
Bob Dorough first met Roberta Donnay backstage at The Hooker’s Ball in San Francisco many years ago, where they both performed. Bob told her he dug her singing. Donnay asked him “What’s YOUR name?” “Bob Dorough” and she replied “THE Bob Dorough?” And he replied,“You mean you know who I am?
Donnay recorded two Bob Dorough songs “Devil May Care” and “Small Day Tomorrow” on her “What’s Your Story”
CD, produced by Jazz Master Orrin Keepnews featuring Eric Reed Trio (2008, Pacific Coast Jazz) .
Keepnews phoned Donnay one day and told her Bob said he played Donnay's version of “Small Day Tomorrow”
3 times a day every day in his car, and that it was his favorite version ever recorded.
Bob did some shows touring with “Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks” and came to hear them when they were near his hometown. Dan and Bob were big fans of one another. Donnay sang with Dan’s group 2005-2016.
One day Richard Connolly, Producer, Circumstancial Productions, came backstage and told Donnay he wanted to do a recording with Bob and her.
In January 2011, Donnay flew to NJ, rented a car, drove to rural Pennsylvania to Bob’s house, and rehearsed for the recording. The following nite after rehearsal, they performed together at The Deer Head Inn, local jazz club, and the day after that they were at a studio in NY, recording live.
Bob told Donnay that his wish was for them to tour together.
The recording sat for all these many (8) years.
We're sad to say our amazing friend Bob Dorough passed on April 23, 2018.
We hope you enjoy this!
In 2019 Bob Dorough received the NEA Jazz Masters Awards.
Bob Dorough NEA Jazz Masters Award link: https://www.arts.gov/honors/jazz/bob-dorough
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Video: "My Heart Belongs To Satchmo":
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"[Roberta Donnay's] engagement with the lyrics,
her supple sense of time and her soulful, little-girl timbre remind you of Billie Holiday."
-Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune.
take of the hot swingin' jazz and sultry blues of the 1920s and 30s that
will make you want to dance all night!" - Verdi Club
"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...." – All About Jazz
Donnay's voice could make any classic material sound wondrous and timeless, but the fact that she digs so
deep into American musical history -- and works with some of the Bay Area's top jazz musicians (under the
guise of the Prohibition Mob Band) -- makes A Little Sugar not only sweet, but a recording that will stand the
test of time. - All Music Guide
Vocalist Roberta Donnay turned the swank Bel Air nightclub into a Roaring 20s speakeasy as she brought back
the music and moxie from the Golden Age of jazz with her Prohibition Mob. As she’s displayed on her two
albums, Ms Donnay’s allegiance is to the easy and accessible two beat swing of Tin Pan Alley, the kind that Al
Capone might have enjoyed after a night of going out with the boys. - Jazz Weekly
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. – Motema
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