Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tony Bennett Paints Louis Prima for the New Orleans Jazz Festival

Performance Art: “The Chief of New Orleans” Louis Prima 2010 New Orleans Jazz Festival Poster by Tony Bennett
Performance Art: “The Chief of New Orleans”
A Portrait of Louis Prima by Anthony Benedetto (Tony Bennett)

Iconic jazz/swing trumpeter and singer Louis Prima was born 100 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. In honor of this occasion, the 2010 New Orleans Jazz festival is launching The Musical Artist as Visual Artist Jazz Festival Poster Series, with a poster featuring a portrait of Louis Prima by music great Tony Bennett. Tony Bennett studied at the School of Industrial Arts (now known as the School of Art and Design) in Manhattan. He paints under his family name of Benedetto. The United Nations twice commissioned his artwork, and three of his paintings are part of the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian, including his portrait of Duke Ellington, which was recently accepted into the National Portrait Gallery.

Limited edition signed and numbered prints of the poster are available for purchase at

The New Orleans Jazz Festival runs from April 23 - May 2, 2010. For more information visit

See also:

Tony Bennett's Art Website

Tony Bennett in the Studio: A Life of Art & Music at

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