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Roberta Donnay

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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. For My Heart Belongs To Satchmo, Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band revive 15 songs from Armstrong's career

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Close Your Eyes: Celebrating Bernice Petkere, The Queen of Tin Pan Alley

Read "Close Your Eyes: Celebrating Bernice Petkere, The Queen of Tin Pan Alley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast begins with a celebration of composer Bernice Petkere ("Close Your Eyes," Lullaby of the Leaves") along with new releases from pianist Haeun Joo and bassist Adi Meyerson. Other birthday shoutouts include Jeri Southern, Terri Lyne Carrington, Roberta Piket, Noa Fort, Tony Bennett, Meg Okura and Cyrille Aimee, among others. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

These Leos Are Jazz Lions

Read "These Leos Are Jazz Lions" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Some heavyweight birthdays in this mid-August broadcast, which included new releases from saxophonist Ben Flocks, songwriter Mark Winkler and guitarist Paul Silbergleit with celebratory shout outs to songwriter Bernice Petkere, Benny Carter and organist Trudy Pitts in the first hour, Roberta Piket, Jeri Southern, Howard Johnson and Regina Carter in the second hour, Abbey Lincoln in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Tribute to Laziness

Read "A Musical Tribute to Laziness" reviewed by H William Stine


I was feeling too lazy to come up with a theme for this week until I suddenly realized that I...well, I'm sure you're way ahead of me now so I'll stop there. Below is the playlist of the laziest songs, laziest excuses, and laziest fantasies I could squeeze into two hours, though I'm sure you'll agree ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Songs to Aging Children Come

Read "Songs to Aging Children Come" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we celebrate new releases by vocalist Cyrille Aimee, pianist Betty Bryant, saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and we give a look at some interesting old and new duets of songs by Joni Mitchell, including a new single by Carol Lipnik and Rachelle Garniez in the final hour. Then some shout outs to Barbara Carroll, Etta James, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Honoring Melba Liston

Read "Honoring Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen. Playlist ...

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Bathtub Gin

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Bathtub Gin; Why Don't You Do Right; If You Want The Rainbow (You Must Have The Rain); Wake Up And Live; Just What The Doctor Ordered; When I Take My Sugar To Tea; Shake Sugaree; Throw Your Heart (Over The Fence); (We've Got To) Put The Sun Back In The Sky; Happy Feet; Bye Bye Blackbird; Kitchen Man; Smile; Horizontal Mambo; I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin

Read "Bathtub Gin" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


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 ...

Album

A Little Sugar

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012

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News: Recording

Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band “Party Like It’s 1925!” On New Release: A Little Sugar

Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band “Party Like It’s 1925!” On New Release: A Little Sugar

CD Spotlighting the Music of the Prohibition Era Will Be Released on Motéma on November 13 No matter what type of music Roberta Donnay is performing, she sings with the spontaneity,honesty and the individuality of the best jazz vocalists. A colorful and passionate performer, she is a joy to see in concert and to hear on ...


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