Lena Prima – Prima La Famiglia


Top 10 Billboard Jazz Albums, and #9 Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums! The first project from Lena Prima on Basin Street Records. Prima La Famiglia celebrates Italian-American heritage with a fantastic collection of classic jazz songs with masterful brass and orchestral arrangements.

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Top 10 Billboard Jazz Albums, and #9 Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums!

Press for Prima La Famiglia

“Prima’s new album, Prima La Famiglia, is a loving tribute to her father’s legacy and her own statement on how that unique heritage influenced her life, both personally and professionally.” – John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox Album Review

“She’s now about to go national, with the new album Prima La Famiglia (her debut for Basin Street) as the calling card. It’s a bit different and a lot more ambitious than anything she’s done before, less a tribute to her dad than a warm embrace of the Italian pop tradition” – Brett Milano, OffBeat Magazine Cover/Feature Story

“Smoothly orchestrated, “Prima la Famiglia” doesn’t go over the top the way the elder Prima did — nor does it aspire to” – Lou Carlozo, Fra Noi Magazine

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Album Description

Lena Prima, the daughter of the famed New Orleans trumpeter/vocalist, Louis Prima, has become the newest addition to the exclusive roster of artists on the award-winning Basin Street Records. Prima joins ranks with artists such as Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, and Jason Marsalis on the 21-year old powerhouse label based in New Orleans. A seasoned veteran of the music industry, vocalist Prima has made over 3,000 musical appearances around the world throughout her career. Born in Las Vegas, but now residing and regularly performing in New Orleans, Prima is rooted in the music of the Crescent City, and in the words of Basin Street Records’ founder and president, Mark Samuels, she’s a perfect fit on the label.

The partnership commences with the release of Prima’s new album, Prima La Famiglia. The heart of the album is in the title: Family. A proud Italian-American and longtime advocate of the Italian-American community, Prima set out to make an album of quintessential songs for the Italian-American family. In her own words, “It’s the music that Italian-Americans grew up with back in the 40s that carried on throughout generations. They played this music in their family homes, at Sunday dinners, weddings, and they are just beloved songs.” Lena Prima further solidifies the family theme with the fact that every track on the album (save the classic traditional Sicilian folk song “Cu Ti Lu Dissi”) was at one time performed by her late father, Louis Prima. While Prima La Famiglia pays tribute to her father in this way, Lena offers fresh interpretations and a vocal style that are all her own bolstered by new, lush arrangements and orchestrations from Lawrence Sieberth that give the album an overall feel of class and polish. Fans of Tony Bennet, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra take note, there’s a new name to list in the halls of great classic singers: Lena Prima!

Prima La Famiglia will be available on all major digital platforms and stores that sell fine music on January 18, 2019. Pre-order from select retailers or Basin Street Records to receive two tracks instantly.

Liner Notes


  1. Come On A My House (3:44)
  2. Felicia No Capicia (3:35)
  3. Oh Marie (4:12)
  4. Topolino (4:08)
  5. Pensate Amore (3:53)
  6. Darktown Strutters’ Ball (4:24)
  7. Josephine Please Don’t Lean On The Bell (3:16)
  8. Cu Ti Lu Dissi (4:27)
  9. Please No Squeeza Da Banana (3:29)
  10. See That You’re Born An Italian (3:03)
  11. Chi Baba, Chi Baba (3:14)


Vocals: Lena Prima
Piano: Lawrence Sieberth
Acoustic Bass: Danny O’Lannerghty
Drums: Scott Williamson
Trumpets: Steve Patrick, Mike Haynes
Trombones: Barry Green, Roy Agee
Woodwinds: Sam Levine, Jeff Coffin, Jimmy Bowland
Violins: David Davidson, David Angell, Conni Ellisor, Karen Winkelmann, Janet Darnall, Jenny Bifano
Violas: Monisa Angell, Elizabeth Lamb, Chris Ferrell, Clare Yang
Cellos: Carole Rabinowitz, Anthony Lamarchina
All Saxophone solos: Jeff Coffin
Clarinet Solo on “Topolino”: Sam Levine
Guest Trumpet on “Cu Ti Lu Dissi” and “Pensate Amore”: Andrea Giuffredi*
Guest Vocal Duet on “See That You’re Born An Italian”: John Viola
Gang Vocals on “Topolino”: Tim Fahey, John Viola


Produced by Lena Prima, Lawrence Sieberth and Scott Williamson
Executive Producer: John Viola, Glen & Kay Evans
Arranged and Orchestrated by Lawrence Sieberth
Arrangements of “Come On A My House”, “See That You’re Born An Italian” and “Darktown Strutters’ Ball” by Lawrence Sieberth and Lena Prima
Rhythm Section & Vocals recorded by Andy Waterman at Watershed Studios, Nashville, TN
Brass & Woodwinds recorded by Andy Waterman at Layman Drug Company, Nashville, TN
Strings recorded by Bobby Shin at The Library, Nashville, TN
Mixed by Scott Williamson at The Carpal Tunnel, Spring Hill, TN
Mastered by John Mayfield at Mayfield Mastering, Nashville, TN
Photography and Makeup: Shawn Flint Blair,
Artwork: Sonia Miller – Sure Wave,
*Maestro Giuffreddi is a Yamaha Performing Artist, Big Toots Enterprises/Nick Mondello, Consultant |
BSR 1701-2
UPC: 652905170120
© ℗ 2019 Lena Prima Productions. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.


Viola Family Foundation, The Viola Family, CIAO Women! Inc., Italian American Power Hour, Tim Fahey, Antoine Diel, Ming Sieberth, Bill Grimes, Cathy Quartararo, Pat Geraci, Frankie Scinta, Patrick O’Boyle


Ciao! As far back as I can remember, I have been hearing Italian songs that my father, the great Louis Prima, and others sang. They were the background to Sunday dinners and holiday celebrations. I am a proud Italian American and recorded this album in a classic style to honor these wonderful songs. I hope you enjoy. Salute!

– Lena Prima



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