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Louis Prima

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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: December 7, 1910 | Died: August 24, 1978    

Louis Prima

Best remembered for his risque Vegas act of the 1950s, Louis Prima was the ultimate showman. Loud, boisterous, and completely out front, his mix of rhythm and blues, big band music, Italian novelty tunes, and Dixieland made him one of the hottest performers of his era.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Prima studied violin as a child. He took up the trumpet at age fourteen after his brother, who was also a musician, went on tour and left behind an old instrument. Prima taught himself how to play and in the late 1920s began to perform professionally, influenced by Louis Armstrong and the rich jazz heritage of his hometown....
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  • Greatest Hits

    Label Bleu
    2011
  • Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential

    Label Bleu
    2007
  • Just A Gigolo Anthologie - 1935 / 1956

    Label Bleu
    2007
  • Jump Jive and Wail: The Essential Louis Prima

    Capitol Records
    2007
  • Louis Prima

    Label Bleu
    2001
  • Buona Sera

    Label Bleu
    2001
  • Rhythm Man!

    Label Bleu
    1999
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