Louis Prima and a quintet play on a low stage in front of an audience at tables. They open with "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," then Shirley Lloyd joins them to sing "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." They do a quick "If She Loves Me," with Prima singing. Then, from one of the tables in the audience, Ted Gary sings "You're an Education" to Mitzi Dahl, then the two of them tap dance. The band finishes with an up-tempo version of "Loch Lomond," and the audience hits the dance floor. The quintet includes clarinet, piano, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays vibraphone, with Louis Prima on trumpet. Written by
This is a short from Vitaphone and it can be found on the "Warner Brothers Big Band, Jazz & Swing" DVD collection. This set consists of six DVDs and almost 11 hours of shorts! If you don't know who Louis Prima was, you have probably heard him sing before. In Disney's "The Jungle Book" he played King Louis and showed off his singing talents in "I Want To Be Like You". And, if you've seen the film "Big Night", Prima is the big guest that Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub are working so hard to impress--and you never actually get to see Prima in this film.
Much of the short consists of the band leader, Prima, singing. And like his usual style, it's very fast yet smooth. With "Loch Lomond", it's actually a bit frenetic--and the dancers nearly pass out trying to keep up with the crazy jazz. In addition to Prima singing, you've got two of the strangest dancers I've ever seen. This is NOT meant as an insult--it's just that the man and woman have a crazy good style that surprised me. You just have to see it to know what I mean. Overall, quite simple in style but very enjoyable.
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