It’s been three decades since the legendary jazzman Louis Prima passed on, but his music still lives on through his daughter, Lena. Lena Prima, 45, will be performing a tribute concert to her late father at the Cannery in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.
Louis Prima helped spearhead the acceptance of New Orleans jazz in the 1920s and big band in the ’40s. By the ’50s and through the ’60s, he had a wildly popular lounge act in Las Vegas. Prima was known as much for his sense of fun as for his excellent skills as a jazzman.
Younger audiences continue to come to him via “Just a Gigola/I Ain’t got Nobody,” a chart success by David Lee Roth in the ’80s, and “Jump, Jive an’ Wail,” which the Brian Setzer Orchestra featured a decade later.