Saturday, May 19th – 7:30-10:00 pm
Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob
jazz club! when lights are low… every Saturday night!
$20 cover charge; students $10
  

“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 

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 Armstrong’s repertoire, like “Up A Lazy River,” “Basin Street Blues” and “A Kiss to Build a Dream On.” But she also uncovers obscure gems like “I’m In the Market For You,” “Ol’ Man Mose,” and a version of “Pennies From Heaven” 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.