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Comedian Rick Overton will open for Sarah Speigel at the Catalina Jazz Club, July 23

Sarah Spiegel will be performing with Emmy Award winner and hilarious comedian Rick Overton, who will be opening for her
Sarah Spiegel will be performing with Emmy Award winner and hilarious comedian Rick Overton, who will be opening for her

show at Catalina Jazz Club July 23. Purchase your tickets today! www.CatalinaJazzClub.com

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GREEN DAY’S GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL EVENT CELEBRATES L.A. RETURN AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES ONE WEEK ONLY – MAY 13 – 18, 2014

Los Angeles Life and Style Entertainment News

Hollywood, Calif. Hollywood Pantages Theatre is pleased to announced a lottery ticket policy for Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, which returns to L.A. for a limited one week engagement; May 13 – 18, 2014.

 The production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece; cash only.  This lottery will be held prior to every performance. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each; cash only. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information, please visitwww.HollywoodPantages.com/Lottery.

 

AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 GRAMMY Award® winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Daywith the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening).

 

Individual tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT may be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

 

Winner of two Tony Awards®AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, AMERICAN IDIOT has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.

 

“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

 

AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!”

 

The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.

 

The performance schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Tuesday, May 13th at 8pm.

 

AMERICAN IDIOT has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for ages 13 and up.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

 

Orchestra level tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT start at just $45.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit www.AmericanIdiotTheMusical.com.

 

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website,www.HollywoodPantages.com.

 

 

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                       MAY 13 – 18, 2014

                                               

Theatre:                                    HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
                  6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Performance Schedule:            8 PERFORMANCES ONLY!

Tuesday - Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                         Tuesday May 13th at 8pm

 

Ticket Prices:                           Orchestra level tickets start at just $45

                  Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Running Time:                         1 Hour and 35 Minutes with No Intermission

 

Parental Advisory:                    Recommended for Ages 13 and Up

In consideration of audiences, no one under 5 admitted to the theatre

 

Tickets:                                    Online:              HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:              1-800-982-2787

In Person:         Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)

and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Description:  The smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), the result is an experience Rolling Stone declares “a groundbreaking musical event!”

http://www.americanidiotthemusical.com

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will celebrate its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three week engagement; June 3 – 22, 2014.

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 NATIONAL TOUR

 

 

STARRING DIANA DeGARMO AS “NARRATOR”

AND ACE YOUNG AS “JOSEPH”

 

NEW NATIONAL TOUR WILL CELEBRATE HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES PREMIERE

THREE WEEKS ONLY - JUNE 3 – 22, 2014

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – The Independent Presenters Network is delighted to announce that JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will celebrate its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three week engagement; June 3 – 22, 2014.  Casting is complete for this new national tour, which will be directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-Winner Andy Blankenbuehler.

 

Individual tickets for JOSEPH will go on sale to the general public on Sunday March 30th at 10am at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

 

As previously announced, Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) will head up the cast, which will feature Paul Castree as Simeon, William Thomas Evans as Jacob/Potiphar, Brian Golub as Reuben, Will Mann as Judah and Ryan Williams as Pharaoh.

 

The ensemble will include Chip AbbottAmanda BraunJonathan BurkeClaire CampRichard CeratoVincent D’EliaLisa FinegoldLili FroehlichSasha HollingerBrandon HudsonPatrick John MoranMark RolandDavid RossettiLeigh SchefflerChristine Cornish SmithBrett StoelkerTricia TanguyMatthew Tiberi and Katie Whetsell.

 

Husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo first met when they shared the Broadway stage in the 2009 revival of HAIR.  “I am so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside Diana,” said Ace.  “It’s great to be back! I too am so excited to star alongside Ace in the very role I once looked up to years ago as a child in the choir,” added Diana.

 

One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH is the family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.  JOSEPH is the first collaboration of composerAndrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King).  JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story which has been enjoyed by scores of audiences for decades, and includes such memorable songs as Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do andClose Every Door.

 

The production design team includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by John Shivers andDavid Patridge, projection & video design by Daniel Brodie, music supervision by David Kreppel and music direction by Wayne Green.

 

The National Tour of JOSEPH is produced by the Independent Presenters Network.

 

The performance schedule for JOSEPH is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Wednesday June 4th at 8pm.

 

JOSEPH is recommended for all ages.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

 

Individual tickets for JOSEPH will start at $25.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on JOSEPH, please visit www.JosephTheMusical.com/USTour.

 

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of JOSEPH, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com.

 

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BIOS

 

DIANA DeGARMO (Narrator) From Broadway to the Hollywood Bowl, Diana is no stranger to the stage.   At 16, she stole America’s heart on “Idol” before becoming the first alum to star on Broadway.  Starring in such shows as HAIR (where she met her husband Ace Young), 9 to 5Brooklyn: The MusicalHairspray and The Toxic Avenger, she then moved to Los Angeles to play the role of “Angelina,” a fan favorite on the number one daytime series “The Young and the Restless.”  In 2008, she released an acoustic EP “Unplugged in Nashville,” and recently released a Country EP “Live To Love,” composed of songs co-written with Ace.  She is so excited to star alongside him playing the very role she once looked up to years ago when she was just a child in the choir.  It’s great to be back!  Many thanks to Headline Talent Agency, Ellis Talent Group and our dog Rosie.

 

ACE YOUNG (Joseph) This athletic, 6’1″ runt of 5 boys moved to Los Angeles from Boulder, CO, over ten years ago to pursue a career in music.  Since then, Ace has worked with musical stars ranging from Brian McKnight to Desmond Child.  He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter with number one hits in the U.S. and Sweden.  Ace has performed for the masses at festivals, concerts, parades, bars and hole-in-the-wall joints around the world.  After being a contestant on “Idol,” he pursued a Broadway career, starring first in Grease and then in HAIR, where he met his wife, Diana DeGarmo.  They recently released a Country EP “Live To Love,” composed of songs co-written by the two of them.  Other television credits include “Bones” and “Planet 360.”  Truly comfortable in the spotlight, he is so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside his new wife.  Many thanks to Headline Talent Agency, Ellis Talent Group and our dog Rosie.

 

ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER (Direction and Choreography) Broadway: In The Heights (Tony Award), Bring It On (Tony nomination), 9 To 5 (Tony nomination), The People In The PictureThe Apple Tree, and the revival of Annie. Other work includes: Fly (DTC), The Wiz (City Center), Desperately Seeking Susan (West End), “Sesame Street,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Future projects include Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Only Gold with Kate Nash.  Mr. Blankenbuehler has performed on Broadway in FosseContactMan of La ManchaSaturday Night FeverSteel PierBig and Guys and Dolls. He resides in New York City, with his wife Elly and two children, Luca and Sofia.

 

INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium of 50 members who present live entertainment worldwide. Recent Broadway/London/U.S. Tours: Kinky Boots, MatildaJekyll & HydeLa Cages Aux Folles, Wonderland, 9 to 5, Ragtime, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                     JUNE 3 – 22, 2014

                                               

Theatre:                                  HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES
                  6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Performance Schedule:        Tuesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                      Wednesday June 4th at 8pm

 

Individual Tickets:                Individual tickets will start at $25

On Sale March 30th at 10am             Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Parental Advisory:                 Recommended for All Ages

In consideration of audiences, no one under 5 admitted to the theatre

 

Tickets:                                  Online:             HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

On Sale March 30th at 10am             Phone:             1-800-982-2787

In Person:        Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)

and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Description:  Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo and Broadway star Ace Young will head up the cast of the new touring production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

 

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan DaysAny Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Marco Missinato: ‘Profoundly Connected to Music’

Los Angeles Life and Style Q&A with Marco Missinato           

By Margie Anne Clark

As one of L.A.’s most in-demand musicians, Marco Missinato is no stranger to traversing the frequencies and dimensions of the universe with the ease of catching a flight to his beloved Hawaii or Aspen and many other cities where audiences often enjoy hearing the versatile entertainer’s music up close and personal.

With the looks and musical swagger evocative of The Boy from Ipanema, Missinato has been entertaining and inspiring audiences with his  romantic ballads and ethereal harmonies since moving to L.A. from his native Rome, Italy in the early 1990′s. Since that time, Missinato’s music has been featured in such television series as the original Melrose Place and Port Charles along with numerous theatrical productions and projects.

Through his recent projects and romantic melodies, Missinato explains that he seeks to inspire his listeners to open up to what he sees as their highest and truest selves. His goal, he says, is to reach for the inner depths of the soul through his music which he believes will allow people to feel and experience the powerful sound of music.

“Music is the door, the bridge between us and our soul,” says Missinato in his soft Italian accent. “It is like a ray of light which illuminates the darkness of  our fears and disintegrates all inhibitions.”

As Missinato’s music continues to evolve, he shares his journey in his newest project, Unfolding Secrets a work in progress, with music and cover design by Missinanto, orchestrations by Emanuele Arnone, and vocals by Kristin Hoffman.

“This is my latest symphonic contemporary classical album and I am very excited to share it,” says Missinato, adding that Unfolding Secrets, Symphony of the Heart can been seen on video. “I think you will enjoy it.”

Los Angeles Life and Style caught up with Missinato who took time out of his busy schedule to share a glimpse into his life’s journey, while exploring the man behind those good vibrations in this exclusive LA Life and Style interview.

When did you first discover your passion for music and what was the first instrument that you played? I started with a little flute and then as soon as was possible I got involved with keyboards and piano. Since the very beginning of my physical experience here on Earth I was profoundly connected to music. I started to play musical instruments around the age of 3. More then a personal talent discovery, it was a deep feeling of love occurring when music was playing.

When did you first move to LA and how did you get your start in the music scene here? I came in Los Angels in 1992. The very first year I was a full-time student at the Musician Institute in Hollywood. Soon after that I started to perform in restaurant and bars as a way to make money and produce the music that I felt inside.

What inspired you to move to Los Angeles? When I first came in the USA back in 1988/89 (I was sent by magazines I was working with as a professional photographer) I felt an immediate sense of freedom and spaciousness. Therefore later I chose the USA as the ground platform for my musical creative evolution.

You are a man of many talents! Did you come from a family of musicians and artists? The members of my family seem to have all strong artistic potentiality most often unexplored because the outside circumstances stopped them from pursuing it.

Your family must be very proud of your accomplishments! You have an amazing repertoire of music ranging from Sinatra to songs for pets, to meditative type of music. How did your style evolve and what are some of your favorite genres? All of the music and musical projects that I have created in the past as well the ones I am working in the present are coming from the same source. They are just different creative ways to express my passion and love for music. It gives me joy to express my connection with music in various ways. I like all genres of music as long as I sense, when I listen to their work, that the creative motivation of the composer, producer and artist are genuinely coming from their heart.

You compose a lot of your own music. What inspires your work and do you compose for television, movies or commercials? The art of composing music in my personal experience is a very mysterious process that I truly cannot explain with words. I seem to have access to it when I enter a state of no-mind. Sometimes the compositions that I create in this process sound very much like soundtracks and therefore can be used in movies and other medias.

Have you ever worked with any big names in music and if so who and what did you enjoy most about working with them? I have been performing in situations in which celebrities were present and I always had positive feed-backs and enthusiastic responses. I love to give joy to people through music weather they are famous or not.

Tell me about some of the musicians who you have collaborated with on your CDs and performances. I have been very lucky to have wonderful musicians performing my music. Among them Chris Tedesco, David Goldblatt, Steve Tavaglioni, Ramon Stagnaro, Joe Rotondi to name a few.

Your talent is well know and in demand among the Hollywood celebrity crowd. Tell me what you enjoy most about some of your concerts and performances. My focus when I provide music for events is to open the heart of people and have them feel more intimately connected with life so that they momentarily let go at their mind and connect fully with their heart and soul and have a uniting experience. By monitoring constantly the crowd I select the song or music composition that my intuition tells me is most appropriate for that specific moment. That too is a mysterious process that I simply allow to naturally unfold by tapping with my higher source.

You have quite a vast body of work. Tell me about some of your newest projects while touching on some of your earlier work. Among my latest projects I have just finished to produce a series of seven guided imagery meditation journeys entitled “Back to Life,” a blend of guided spoken words (by world renown healer Barry Bruder) and high-vibrational original music and sounds soon to be launched in hospitals, clinics and to be used as part of recovery programs in support of healing traumas, injuries, diseases etc. “Melodies From Within” is another series of CDs I am about to distribute on the market. It is a collection of original instrumental compositions for shooting the heart and soul. “Soul Journey” is a three-albums series of “Ambient” music was released in January 2010. My band “Naked Soul” will launch is planning its first live concert for healing which will be touring in USA, Europe and Asia. Among my past compositions “Pets Love Music” is a five-CDs series of music dedicated to Pets.

You’ve got a lot going on! When you have time to reflect, what are your thoughts on music as an art form? Music is a very powerful and transformational art form and therefore the composer and the performer hold a great responsibility. They both must make sure that their melodies come from true non-ego source.

What do you hope people enjoy most about your albums and your performances? My intent and my life purpose (other then self growth) is to create a profound transformational musical experience in a concert and album formats in order to uplift, support and inspire people to follow their greatness.

Speaking of out of profound experiences, have you ever done anything a little out of the ordinary? Yes, I did do parachuting twice. It was a wonderful freeing experience. My life is a constant expanding adventure as long as I keep being daring and stretch out from my comfort zone into the unknown and mysteriousness of life.

You are a brave soul! Embarking on a career in music can also be risky business. What advise would you offer for aspiring musicians? Follow your heart, your joy and your passion they are all the same: Streams of love coming from high source. It is life itself telling you which direction to take as it magically unfolds in front of your eyes.

Do you have any artists that you admire? I admire every person whose attempting to express him/herself through the heart and therefore through the arts (isn’t it interesting that heart and art sound so similar?). It does not matter if they are famous or unknown, if they sing or play or simply make art out of an ordinary jobs. I have strong admiration for anybody whom are choosing the courageous act of being true to themselves despite the streams of resistances that they have to face in their daily base life when they relate with the so called ‘common sense.’

Do you have any special memories that stand out in your mind from your childhood and also from any of your performances. Have you ever played any other musical instruments? More than memories it is the constant recurrent feeling of overwhelming joy, love and unity with the whole that I sense every time I allow myself the necessary vulnerability to accommodate higher levels of frequencies. I remember how in my childhood this process was effortless and achieved in a magical instant moment.  In the past I have been using other instruments to create music, like guitar, harmonicas, flutes etc.

Are there any musicians or artists from the past, such as  the Renaissance era or the past few centuries that you admire? When you listen to my childhood earliest compositions it will be obvious to you that somehow I have in me a strong connection with classical music. I cannot point you out specific names or time period because my relationship with music is not related to three-dimensional data.

Do you have any favorite movies or songs? There are may movies and songs that I love. “Cinema Paradiso” and its music by Ennio Morricone (just to mention one) has a simplicity and yet a profoundness that touches me at the core.

How does the notion of love and romance come through in your music?  Music when purely channeled offer the possibility to bridge oneself with the non-physical world and therefore dissipate the illusion of separation which leads to a feeling of love that is not weighted with neediness and sense of lack.

Any tips on how to discover art within one’s self through music or any type of art for that matter? You make art by simply following your joy. Any activity can become an artistic expression if joy and divine creativity are allowed. One can be a postman and if delivering mail is his true call it will become an artistic effort. Such a person every time will deliver the mail will have an healing effect on people. Also his/her way to deliver mail will be very unique and creative because it will be an action that is in deep connection with true source

What are your thoughts on time and space as far as what we as humans do with our time on earth? Time and space are a necessary and momentarily human perception which allow the soul to have a three dimensional experience. By choosing to enter this field of frequencies the soul creates the opportunity for immense explanation and self-awareness.

If you could transport your self to any time or place, past, present or future or anywhere in the universe, where would it be? I would probably choose a far light star in the future, the feeling of which it makes me feel at home.  

-Los Angeles Life and Style -Copyright, Los Angeles Life and Style, all rights reserved. 

A glimpse into Unfolding Secrets a work in progress, with music and cover design by Missanto, Orchestrations by Emanuele Arnone, and Vocals by Kristin Hoffman can be viewed by visiting: Missinato’s music and albums can be purchased online by visiting  www.melodiesfromwithin.com (soon to become www.marcomissinato.com), iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and at http://marcomissinato.bandcamp.com.

For more information about Missinato’s Unfolding Secrets, Symphony of the Heart and to see the video production visit:  

http://marcomissinato.bandcamp.com/album/unfolding-secrets and

http://www.youtube.com/user/marcovideo10

http://www.frequency.com/video/unfolding-secrets-symphony-of-heart/106639673/-/5-8889956

 


LATE KING OF SWING LOUIS PRIMA HONORED ON HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL

LATE KING OF SWING LOUIS PRIMA HONORED ON HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL - JULY 26, 2010

By Margie Anne Clark
Hollywood, Calif. – Louis Prima must have been smiling in heaven as his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Sunday, on what would have been the iconic King of Swing’s 100th birthday.

Set amidst the bustling backdrop of the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Hollywood and Vine, the unabashed spirit of Prima shook the pavement as the late jazz singer’s son, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses – and the lovely Sarah Spiegel dazzled the crowd with such familiar ballads as “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “Buona Sera, Zooma-Zooma,” “Jump,Jive And Wail.” Prima’s children, Louis Prima Jr. and Lena Prima accepted the Star on behalf of their legendary father.

The late Prima’s centennial star unveiling coincided with the day-long “Walk the Walk” Community Festival in Hollywood Honoring the Hollywood Walk Of Fame’s 50th Anniversary.

Louis Prima remains one of the greatest contributors to popular music and a powerful entertainment influence during the past eight decades.

Pictured above, Louis Prima Jr. poses by his father’s star and trumpet on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star unveiling was held in conjunction with the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 50th anniversary and in commemoration of what would have been Louis Prima’s 100th birthday.  (Photo by Margie Anne Clark, Los Angeles Life and Style/City Life Communications.)

A new era of music began when Louis left his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana and launched his recording career in 1933 in Chicago with upbeat renditions of Dinah and Chinatown. He defined the early Swing Era in New York and Hollywood with his New Orleans Gang and had an incredible output of recordings and appearances in films and on stage between 1934-39.

The Prima recordings of It’s The Rhythm In Me, Lazy River, and his own immortal composition Sing, Sing, Sing (also a Benny Goodman hit) had legions of fans swing dancing from The Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York to the hottest spots in Hollywood. The swing trend escalated and grew thanks to Prima’s driving force. His music skyrocketed in popularity, eventually surpassing the sales of the number one band at the time, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. Louis and his twenty-two piece orchestra scored a tremendous hit in 1944 with a million-seller entitled Angelina.

He topped the charts throughout the Big Band Era with Majestic, Hit, RCA, and Robin Hood label recordings of Robin Hood, I’ll Walk Alone, Josephina, Please No Squeeza Da Banana, Baciagaloop, Felicia No Capicia, Civilization, Oh Babe, and many others.

The King of Swing made entertainment history during this time, breaking all house attendance records wherever he performed across the nation.

During the golden age of jazz, Prima composed A Sunday Kind of Love in 1946, and the song became a hit during four decades and six different musical genres including Swing, Doo-Wop, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, and Country! The song would appear on the charts for many other prominent artists who also recorded this Prima standard.

With his musical comedic flair, Prima was one of the founding fathers of the Las Vegas entertainment scene. He downsized his big band in 1954, and created a small group that he named The Witnesses. Prima’s shuffle beat, combined with New Orleans Jazz, was a predecessor to what became the Rock & Roll sound of the 1950s.

The string of hits on Capitol Records that followed included ‘Just a Gigolo,/I Ain’t Got Nobody, ‘Buona Sera, Zooma-Zooma, Jump,Jive, And Wail, When You’re Smiling,’ and many others. Louis was also awarded the first Grammy award in the Vocal Group category for his knockout rendition of ‘That Old Black Magic’ with Keely Smith and Sam Butera & The Witnesses in 1958.

In 1963, he fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams: Prima Magnagroove Records, his own recording studio and record company. He would record for his Prima Label from 1963 through 1975.

During his five decade career, Louis Prima recorded almost one thousand individual recordings released on 26 different labels.

Louis provided the voice of King Louie in the award-winning Disney production of The Jungle Book in 1966.The film was nominated for an Oscar, and Louis received a gold album for the soundtrack recording.

Louis Prima continued to break attendance records at The Sahara Hotel, The Sands Hotel, The Hilton and Tropicana Hotels in Las Vegas, Harrah’s Reno and Lake Tahoe, The Copacabana in New York, and prominent venues throughout the country during the 1960s and 1970s.

He also appeared constantly on every mainstream television show including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Dean Martin Show, The David Frost Show, and many others. His final musical projects were uncompleted score and dialogue sessions for the Disney film The Rescuers.

The diagnosis of a benign brain tumor in late 1975 promptly halted his very active recording and performance schedules. The surgery that followed would send Louis into a semi-comatose state until his death in 1978.

His legend and music live on in full force. Louis’ award winning composition Sing, Sing, Sing was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982. ASCAP posthumously awarded Louis their prestigious Songwriter’s Award for A Sunday Kind Of Love in 1989. Artists as diverse as David Lee Roth, Reba McEntire and Brian Setzer would bring Prima’s music to the top of the charts in the 80s and 90s.

In 1998 The Gap stores brought Louis to the attention of a new generation with their television commercial featuring a song that Louis wrote and recorded entitled ‘Jump, Jive an’ Wail.’

Popular modern performers such as Jessica Simpson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Royal Crown Revue and many others have constantly covered Louis’ music.

His ground-breaking Capitol album, The Wildest, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The Louis Prima Capitol Collectors Series compilation CD was certified gold by the RIAA and his Live From Las Vegas CD landed on the Billboard Top Jazz Album chart in 2005.

The Louis Prima Centennial Celebration is underway throughout the year of 2010 for the millions of Prima fans at special events spanning the globe, on radio stations around the world, and online.

This landmark year also brings several special honors recognizing Louis Prima for his many entertainment contributions along with his music featured in the 2010 Olympics, in several major motion pictures, television shows, commercials and video games!

Special commemorative editions of the classic and exclusive Prima Label recordings by Louis Prima now available on remastered compact discs at www.LouisPrima.com. Louis Prima, Jr. and Lena Prima continue to perpetuate their father’s grand tradition of exhilarating live performances, thrilling standing-room-only audiences from coast to coast.

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For information on the “Walk the Walk” festival and other 50th Anniversary celebrations visit www.WalkofFame50.com.

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