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Louis Prima The Swinginest Superstar from New Orleans to Vegas Webinar

'Louis Prima: The Swingin'est Superstar from New Orleans to Vegas' Webinar

Tue Oct 12, 2021

'Louis Prima: The Swingin'est Superstar from New Orleans to Vegas' Webinar

Time Tue Oct 12 2021 at 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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'Louis Prima: The Swingin'est Superstar from New Orleans to Vegas' Webinar, 12 October | Online Event | 'Louis Prima: The Swingin'est Superstar from New Orleans to Vegas' Webinar
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Louis Prima was the original "cat with nine lives" in pop music. He started as a trumpet king of New Orleans in the 1920s; became a sensation on New York's 52nd Street in the 1930s; led his own hugely popular big band in 1940s; created his own remarkable blend of "jump, jive, and wail" in Las Vegas in the 1950s; and finally, gave a legendary performance as "King Louis" in Walt Disney's 1967 classic, The Jungle Book. This is the incredible story of a musical giant who wasn't only "The King of Swing," but also a cultural hero for becoming the first superstar to embrace his Italian American identity.

Join New York Adventure Club as we take a deep dive into the remarkable life and music of Louis Prima, a man who never stopped finding new things to do with his trumpet, singing, and outstanding bands.

Led by Will Friedwald, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, our virtual analysis and discussion of the legendary Louis Prima will include:

  • Prima's early years in New Orleans, and the large influence that his mother and big brother had on him
  • The story behind his breakthrough on 52nd Street, when he put Swing Street on the map with his first great band, the original New Orleans Gang, which featured the legendary clarinetist Pee Wee Russell
  • Why Prima is credited with making Las Vegas the place to be, transforming what was then a lesser known Nevada town into the most happening place in all of show biz
  • A discussion of Prima's two most celebrated co-stars, his wife and musical partner, Keely Smith, and his musical director and tenor sax soloist, Sam Butera
  • An analysis of Prima's great Italian novelty songs, including Angelina, Bacigaloup, Buona Sera, and Zooma Zooma!
  • A look at films and television shows when Prima was at his performance
  • Colorful stories of Prima's larger-than-life personality, along with what he was like in his private life

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Will — any and all questions about Louis Prima are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Will

Will Friedwald is a featured arts writer for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and the award-winning author of ten books on music and popular culture, including the new Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole, as well as A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers, Sinatra: The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, Tony Bennett: The Good Life, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, and Jazz Singing. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.


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Tue Oct 12 2021 at 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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