1943 Louis Prima

Comment Al Porcino:
This is my first big band, Louis Prima, that’s in the theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, 1943. I was 18 years old then, my first big band, and going on tour. We went from the East Coast to the West Coast.
So, one of the first pictures ever?
One of the first professional pictures. That’s Charles Collin on the right there, the big guy. He was my trumpet teacher when I was in High School. So, he came to check out the trumpet players and to see how I was doing in my first professional band.