Louis Prima

By Jonny Whiteside

 

             Trumpeter-bandleader, Louis Prima, could only have come out of New Orleans, that crucial jazz breeding ground which enabled him to embark on a fascinating career. He suffered through the post-war dance band slump, only to re-invent himself as master showman in the lounges of Las Vegas casinos. There, Prima rose to such a level of success that he managed to defy the mid-fifties rock &roll blitzkrieg with a high octane mixture of hot jazz, funky R&B, risqué sight gags, and ethnic humor, all... Read More

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