Roberta Donnay CD Release Party Sept. 22 at 142 Throckmorton Theater


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Fresh off the road from an East coast, LA, Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest tour Rainforest Records is proud to present Grammy Nominated & award winning recording artist ROBERTA DONNAY and her jazz quartet, featuring Jonathan Alford on piano, Sam Bevan on bass, Deszon Claiborne on drums.

Donnay's new jazz CD What's Your Story is produced by legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews(Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Aderly). What's Your Story has just been picked up for a major distribution deal, with a street date scheduled for the fall. The new CD features Eric Reed (Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson), Dave Ellis (Charlie Hayden Trio), Gerald Cannon (Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, Dexter Gordon, Cedar Walton, Roy Hargrove), Mark Taylor (Mose Allison).

Roberta Donnay has toured the past ten years promoting her previous CDs Back Before The Why, Bohemian, and Soul Reverse, which earned her television and film credits including Nash Bridges, The Young & the Restless, Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live, That's Life, along with films Close Encounters and Reservoirs of Strength. Donnay's single, “Crack in the Sidewalk" was a hit on college and public radio, receiving rotation nationwide. Her song “One World" has been performed on five continents as a world peace anthem and was adopted for UN 50th anniversary celebration. Ms. Donnay's fiery style and engaging presence have landed her featured performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Empire Plush Room, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival and other venues across the United States. Donnay is also a featured singer with Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks! and has appeared as a guest artist at 142. This will be her first appearance at 142 as the headliner.

On Friday September 22, 2006 at 7:30pm, The 142 Throckmorton Theatre proudly presents an evening of music and celebration featuring songs from Donnay's new album. Donnay explains, “It has been a true delight working with legendary producer Orrin Keepnews. The caliber of performances brought to light in the sessions by Dave Ellis, Eric Reed, Gerald Cannon and Mark Taylor is what I absolutely love about singing jazz."

“Roberta Donnay is a major new find. The fact that Orrin Keepnews produced her record is a tipoff, plus that her backup trio includes pianist Eric Reed with four guest appearances from tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis. Roberta has a very appealing voice somewhat reminiscent tone-wise of Norah Jones. However, she is much more of a jazz singer than Jones, swinging, using subtle improvising, making some tunes quite bluesy and displaying versatility. What's Your Story is a very impressive effort, highly recommended. It makes one happy that Roberta Donnay has decided to pursue a jazz career"--Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

“What's pleasing about Donnay's deconstructions is that she doesn't merely open up these old timepieces. She shows us what made them tick"--Mark Langton, Marin IJ

Roberta Donnay
Friday September 22, 2006 Time: 7:30pm
142 Throckmorton Theater - 142 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tickets at the door, call 415.383.9600 & Ticketweb: http://www.ticketweb.com/

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