Robert Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band
Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time. Drawn to material from the canon of American songs recorded between two world wars, she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America. A seductive vocalist, Donnay and her band swing mightily with an authentic collection of vintage jazz, blues and swing. A longtime resident of the Bay Area, Donnay has been a singer and percussionist with the iconic band Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks since 2005. Now with 2 releases on Motema and a new one coming on Blujazz, she is breaking out!
The petite redhead with the engaging smile has great passion behind her enthusiasm for the Prohibition era and American roots music. Besides the music, one of my favorite things about this music is the spunk it reveals, a survival spirit. The women who sang – and in some cases wrote – these songs are heroic to me. Their attitude and energy is strong, confident, courageous, humorous and vibrant. They're no pushovers for any man. Women and men alike were wrestling with massive changes in society and the world. Jazz was their freedom music.
Always writing, Donnay has had many of her songs selected for multiple TV and film placements and has served as a music supervisor for movies. Also a producer and a journalist, Donnay understands how music can help tell the story of issues and events. Her song "One World,” an ASCAP Composer Award-winning song, was selected as a world-peace anthem for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations and was the theme for World Aids Day in South Africa.
A longtime resident of the Bay Area, Donnay has been a singer and percussionist with the iconic band Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks since 2005. Her own band, The Prohibition Mob Band, is well known out west and tours frequently.
“With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay. – Jazz Times
"The Prohibition Mob Band, led by Roberta Donnay, is a vintage jazz and swing band presenting 1920-1930s swing, blues, and roots music in the jazz tradition. The ensemble's mission is to explore, celebrate, and promote America's jazz roots by interpreting vintage material as well as contributing original works reminiscent of the Jazz Age." - Down Beat
"This jazz baby makes the '20s roar again and swings out '30s tunes buoyantly enough to float away even the Great Depression…" - San Jose Mercury News