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  • Roberta Donnay (2018)

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    Vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay came into the world in Washington, DC, and learned to sing by listening to the radio.

    It wasn't too long before Roberta began to travel that world, singing her way through Europe while playing on borrowed guitars. She moved to San Francisco, where, like Janis Joplin, she began sitting in with Dick Oxtot's Golden Age Jazz Band, and with Tom Keats and His Tom Kats.

    Roberta was a Lickette with Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks. She's written for TV and for the movies: her voice or songs or both have appeared in shows such as "The Young and the Restless", "All My Children", "Nash Bridges", "Pan-Am", "The Unit", and "One Life to Live". And her song "One World" became a theme for the United Nations 50th Anniversary.

    Currently, Roberta performs perhaps most often with her Prohibition Mob Band, with whom she's made a number of recordings, the most recent being 2018's "My Heart Belongs to Satchmo".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead Monkery's the Blues Candid
    # 2 Louis Armstrong Highlights from His Decca Years La Vie en Rose Decca
    # 3 Eddie Jefferson The Main Man Jeannine Inner City Records
    # 4 Roberta Donnay What's Your Story? Small Day Tomorrow Pacific Coast Jazz
    # 5 Bob Dorough Beginning to See the Light I'm Hip Vivid Sound
    # 6 Bob Dorough Beginning to See the Light Nothing Like You Vivid Sound
    # 7 Nina Simone In Concert/I Put a Spell on You Feelin' Good Mercury
    # 8 Ella Fitzgerald The Rodgers & Hart Songbook, Vol. 2 Everything I've Got Verve
    # 9 Roberta Donnay A Little Sugar Sugar Blues Motéma
    # 10 Roberta Donnay My Heart Belongs to Satchmo Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? BluJazz
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