Leon Prima

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Frontage of Leon Prima's 500 Club, Bourbon Street, New Orleans 1960s

Leon Prima (July 28, 1907, New Orleans - 1985) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Prima was the older brother of the singer Louis Prima, and began on piano before picking up trumpet. He played early in his life with Leon Roppolo, Ray Bauduc, Jack Teagarden, and Peck Kelley (1925–27). He co-led the Melody Masters with Sharkey Bonano in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but played less in the 1930s. He played in his brother's big band from 1940 to 1946 in New York City. After moving back to New Orleans, he led his own ensemble, and managed more than one nightclub, then retired in 1955 to take up a career in real estate.

Prima led two sides in 1945 and four in 1954, the latter of which[clarification needed] were released on Southland Records.