“This jazz baby makes the ’20s roar again and swings out ’30s tunes buoyantly enough to float away even the Great Depressionâ€¦”Â Â San Jose Mercury NewsÂ
Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band wail on 1920-30s swing, blues, and roots music in the jazz tradition. About their just-released cd “My Heart Belongs to Satchmo,” critic Andrew Gilbert, writing in Berkeleyside, says “Donnay interprets tunes long embedded in Armstrongâ€™s repertoire, like â€œUp A Lazy River,â€ â€œBasin Street Bluesâ€ and â€œA Kiss to Build a Dream On.â€ But she also uncovers obscure gems like â€œIâ€™m In the Market For You,â€ â€œOlâ€™ Man Mose,â€ and a version of â€œPennies From Heavenâ€ featuring previously unrecorded lyrics by Dan Hicks, with whom Donnay toured and recorded for a decade.”
Tonight, Rebecca fronts for wiseguys Darren Johnston, trumpet, Danny Lubin-Ladin, trombone; Sam Kady, piano; Fred Randolph, bass; and Jack Dorsey, drums for two sets of good-hearted, Depression era chestnuts.
The band has toured nationally since 2012; and previous to the current cd, they’ve released “A Little Sugar” (2012) and “Bathtub Gin” (2015) on Motema. “A Little Sugar” spent 9 weeks on the Jazz radio charts, and “Bathtub Gin” was named one of the Best Albums of 2015 by DownBeat Magazine.
Award-winning singer and composer Roberta Donnay has been performing and recording for more than two decades. Prior to forming the Prohibition Mob Band, she recorded with legendary producer Orrin Keepnews and was a member of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks. Donnay’s music spans multiple genres, including writing for film and TV.
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