By Anthony Avina
For far too long, there has been a vast divide between the golden age of jazz and big band music and the hard hitting rock and roll we all know and love today.
One artist, however, is unafraid to breach that divide, and with the release of his new album, he looks to shatter the illusion that big band/jazz music is dead and rock music is in decline. That artist is Louis Prima Jr., and along with his band, the Witnesses, his album “Blow” looks to blow us all away, pun intended. Featuring the booming and melodic voice of Prima Jr. and the riveting music of the Witnesses, the band and singer all pay tribute to Prima’s father and the people who began a musical sensation years earlier. Growing up with both parents as performers (his mother Gia Maione Prima, began performing with Prima Sr. in 1962, but put her career on hold in order to raise Louis Jr. and his sister, Lena Prima) it was only natural for Prima Jr. to follow in his parents footsteps and now he’s set to turn the world upside down and delight audiences everywhere with his jazz-fueled, rock n’ roll melodies and intoxicating music that has made him and his family modern-day legends in the music industry.
Their first album “Return of the Wildest!” featured hit songs such as “Oh Babe”, “Las Vegas Woman”, and an awesome rendition of one of his father’s classic hit songs from Disney’s The Jungle Book, “I Wanna Be Like You”, but with their new album “Blow,” LPJ and the Witnesses are poised to take the industry by storm and bring back an era of music many thought was dead. “Blow” features revved-up versions of Adam Ant’s Goody Two Shoes and Louis Prima Sr.’s Robin Hood. But it’s on songs like Go Let’s Go, the musical party I Just Wanna Have Fun and the explosive Fame And Glory that the band’s originality shines through. Louis Prima Jr. has breathed life once more into the golden age of jazz music, and in so doing has fused the genre with rock and roll in a way that’s never been done before. This is a must have album for the summer, and can be found in stores June 10th, 2014.