Basin Street blues-Prima

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Basin Street Blues Prima 1937

In the early thirties trumpeter/showman Louis Prima ( b.1910) played in New Orleans in the "Courtyard Club" on Bourbon Street. He moved later to New York and started the " Famous Door" on 52nd Street.
This 1937 film clip starts with a short conversation between Prima and some customers in the Famous Door and then the band plays Basin Street Blues in what looks like a New years party.
On clarinet is Pee Wee Russell quietly sitting next to the piano, leaving the main part of the show to Prima.