Louis Prima Jr. comes out swinging

Louis Prima Jr., center, and his band performs

Louis Prima Jr., center, and his band performs at Fremont Street in Las Vegas. (Dec. 7, 2010) Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

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Watch out, Brian Setzer.

There's another heir to the great Louis Prima's musical throne as the "King of Swing" coming to Long Island -- an actual heir. Louis Prima Jr. is set to make his area debut at Madison Steak House in Hauppauge Friday.

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Prima Jr. and his band The Witnesses revisited his father's music, including the classics "Jump, Jive an' Wail" and "Just a Gigolo," on his recent "Return of the Wildest!" (Warrior/Universal) album, similar to the same way Massapequa native Setzer did in the '90s.

"We're bringing happy music and a good time back to the masses," Prima says in a statement. "Since the dawn of time, music has been about escape and celebration.

"I'm not sure what's happened in recent years, where music is about glorifying all that's wrong. Our show is about escaping, forgetting the world exists for an hour, tapping your toes and sweating a little."


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