12:45pm / April, 9th 2016View Map
Smokefree NOLA Jackson Square Stage
While continuing to pay homage to her legendary father Louis Prima
(“Sing Sing Sing,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Just A Gigolo,” “Jump Jive An’ Wail,” “That Old Black Magic”), Lena Prima emerges as a diverse song stylist and notable songwriter on Since The Storm, her recently released full studio recording, inspired by and dedicated to the survivors of hurricane Katrina in her childhood home of New Orleans.
Lena Prima has received numerous honors while performing throughout the U.S., including a special award from Nevada’s former Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt for “Keeping Tradition Alive in Las Vegas.”
She also has been hailed by the distinguished American Italian Cultural Roundtable of New York for continuing her father’s legacy and representing women in the field of jazz. Her original song “Silly In The Middle” was nominated for the Best Jazz Song of 2010 at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs).
In addition to her musical pursuits, Lena is also an acclaimed fine artist and jewelry designer. She participates regularly in art shows throughout the southwest and has donated her artwork for auction to various charitable organizations.
Lena has also created her “Pennies From Heaven” empire, which includes a jewelry line, a book and a music and arts outreach program, designed to enhance the quality of life for
people of all ages with the healing power of music and art.
As part of this program, from July 2008 through February 2011, Lena volunteered her time teaching a jewelry making class at The Caring Place in Las Vegas for those touched by cancer.
Over the holidays in 2010, Lena and her class designed, made and sold 500 bracelets with all proceeds going to the Caring Place.
“When I was a little girl, my father sang ‘Pennies From Heaven’ to me along with the wind-up music from my little penny bank. After he passed away, I began to find pennies when I needed a positive sign and I just knew they were a message from him to let me know he is always there. Over the years, people have told me of similar experiences which led me to create my “Pennies From Heaven” jewelry, book and outreach program. It all ties in with the power of music, and the magic of a simple song that can transform hearts and lives.” ~ lena
Lena currently performs regularly at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, has four albums to her credit and travels frequently with her highly acclaimed show. She is proudly continuing an amazing musical legacy with quality and love.