GLT Jazz Cabaret to Revisit Prohibition Era

Roberta Donnay

Roberta Donnay

Roberta Donnay and her Prohibition Mob Band will take over the town on Saturday, February 15, 2014, for the sixth annual GLT Jazz Cabaret. Come witness as the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal steps back in time to the 1920s for a night of jazz, dancing, and tasty treats.

GLT recreates an era characterized by pinstriped suits, short dresses, and wide-brimmed hats. Donnay and her band will perform music from the 1920s in period dress, and attendees are encouraged to join them. Donnay sprinkles early jazz history inbetween swinging standards in a speakeasy atmosphere. The Marriott offers specialty drinks of the period–Gin Rickeys and Sidecars–and a dessert bar is included. A large dance floor can accommodate all. 


Growing up, Donnay listened to Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday. However, most of her inspiration for this project comes from the women who sang, and in some cases wrote, the songs coming from the 1920s. These influences have helped form her unique take on Prohibition-style jazz. Raised in Washington D.C., Donnay was destined for music from a young age. At five-years-old she had already started singing jazz. Over the years her talents as a singer and songwriter emerged, along with the help of many mentors. Her seventh disc, A Little Sugar, tackles the essence and style of the 1920s and marks a significant progression in her already prolific career.


Tickets are available at two levels. $60 Cool Jazz tickets include the Donnay performance and dancing, dessert bar, and one specialty drink. $100 Hot Jazz tickets give you early entry for a champagne meet and greet with Roberta Donnay, a GLT custom goodie bag, concert & dancing, dessert bar, and one specialty drink. A student option is included for $30 and is identical to the Cool Jazz level; a valid student ID must be shown. You must be 18 to attend and 21 to consume alcohol.


To order your tickets, go to or call 309-438-2255 during business hours M-F.


All proceeds from the Jazz Cabaret benefit the GLT Equipment Fund, helping keep your public radio station going strong.

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