Three American men, all named Louis, all born within a decade of each other, and who all became jazz stars — that’s the theme for Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s next cabaret-style jazz event. “The Three Louies” salutes the classic jazz of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima on Saturday with Lance Buller and the Roadstars, and special guests Greta Matassa, Bernie Jacobs and Laura Rosok.
Part of the Jazz@TMP series, “The Three Louies” recreates the swing, jump blues and New Orleans style of the 1930s to the 1950s, inspired by those three great leaders. Louis Armstrong, born in 1901, swung jazz over from collective to solo improvisation with his fluid trumpet lines and gravelly voice. Louis Jordan, born 1908, duetted with Armstrong and went on as a sax player and vocalist to become known as the “King of the Jukebox.” Louis Prima, born in 1910, was a trumpeter and vocalist inspired by Armstrong who went from New Orleans jazz success in the 1920s to swing in the 1930s, fronting his own big band in the 1940s, creating a Las Vegas lounge act in the 1950s and a pop-rock band in the 1960s.
Led by Northwest trumpeter and singer Buller, “The Three Louies” also features Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Matassa, flutist/saxophonist/vocalist Jacobs and young award-winning Seattle singer Laura Rosok.