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VIDEO / DVD: Louis Prima: King of the Swingers

Born in New Orleans, trumpeter, singer and entertainer Louis Prima grew up in the city’s Italian-American community. He was influenced not only by New Orleans’s Black jazz and folk culture but also the tradition of commedia dell’arte that dates back to 16th-century Italy. Comedy’s earliest form of improv, this form of street theater poked fun at neighborhood characters and customs, and gave us the buffoon, the harlequin and, later, the clown and circus…


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