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Prima, Jr. Plays Sacramento

Jump Jazz Arrives Oct 15th at Harlow’s

Jumping, jiving and wailing debut all at once in Sacramento for one night only with Louis Prima, Jr. and his Witnesses, Saturday,  October 15th at Harlow’s. The sizzling nine piece dinner/dance group direct from Las Vegas boasts the regal Sarah Spiegel on vocals.

Two of America’s greatest songwriters, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer had a long procession of famous singers record their outrageously fine standard, “That Old Black Magic.” But the Arlen/Mercer collaborative never had it so good as when a really rarified version of that super song hit  #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The names Louis Prima and Keely Smith do have a familiar ring to them, don’t they? Yes, they do. I can hear the solo cymbal introduction to their solidly swinging 1958 rendition of the the Arlen/Mercer fave in my head, right now.

It’s more of the same as Louis Prima, Jr. hits this city, straight ahead, taking his famous father’s group further into the future with the lauded jump jazz repetoire Dad always put over the plate and in the pocket for those who enjoy good music and good times—both at the same time. Using the original charts and doing the show called " The Wildest" that the Rat Pack loved–we’ll get to hear " Just A Gigolo, " " Jump , Jive an’ Wail", "Sing, Sing, Sing," as well as that  well-woven, "Old Black Magic."

Louis Jr., the only boy in the Prima family, was a special arrival for Louis Sr. since the younger was born in 1965 on Father’s Day. The talent definitely rubbed off. And the chance to see and hear just how well it did happens Saturday night, October 15th at Harlow’s in Sacramento, 2708 and J St., just across from Marshall Park. The downbeat is at 7 PM.

From Gary Chew Sacramento, California      submitted 10.11.11

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