Louis Prima Jr. carries on the legacy of his father, who was known as the original “King of Swing” on January 8, 2012, at 3pm, at Queensborough Community College.
Louis Prima Jr. is the only son of the legendary singer and bandleader, Louis Prima, who had an almost unequaled 50-year career in music. After touring as a rock singer and then working in business management, Louis Jr. recently decided that the time was right to pick his trumpet up and carry on his father’s legacy.
It was in Las Vegas where Louis Prima Sr. became a legendary landmark during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Like most high rollers and celebrities, even the famed “Rat Pack” were regulars at the “Wildest Show” in Vegas. With hits like Jump, Jive, an Wail, Angelina, Just a Gigolo, That Old Black Magic, Buona Sera, When You’re Smiling and Sing, Sing, Sing, Prima Sr. was truly an innovator with a distinctive sound and boisterous presence.
“Louis Prima, Jr. has put together a tribute show with a swinging and rocking band with the feel of the “Wildest Show” in Vegas – right here in QUEENS” says Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC).
For more information about this event, call the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are available online at www.visitqpac.org.
Don’t let the high costs of shows in Manhattan plus the cost of parking your car stop you from seeing the very best in entertainment. QPAC’s excellent location, diverse schedule of events, reasonable ticket prices, free parking, theatre style seating, infrared listening devices and exceptional service make it an excellent choice for a memorable outing. Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; and more recently Joel Grey, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch, Mandy Patinkin, and Ben Vereen.
Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide.
In the fall of 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies to all first-time full-time students. While other colleges have similar programs, Queensborough is the only community college to launch the initiative institution-wide. Queensborough also has the distinction of being named one of 12 colleges nationwide to lead the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) project—funded by Met Life—to support and expand effective student success strategies at community colleges. The College’s prized cultural beacons, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; QCC Art Gallery; and Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) continue to bring renowned world-class exhibits, fine art and performances to the entire community and beyond. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.