- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Recordings, diaries, films and sheet music that belonged to jazz great Louis Prima (PREE-mah) will soon have a home at Tulane University in New Orleans.

The university says in a Thursday news release that a collection of Prima memorabilia was donated to Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archive by the Gia Maione (my-OHN’) Prima Foundation. The foundation was founded by Prima’s wife.

Tulane will dedicate a Louis Prima Room to house the collection in Jones Hall in 2017.

The New Orleans-born Prima was a trumpeter, vocalist and composer who performed for decades and became known for his energetic performances of hits including “Jump, Jive and Wail” and “Just a Gigolo.” He died in 1978.

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