January 2020 - Each month during the school year, School Groove brings young New Orleans musicians to the WWOZ studio to perform on live radio.
Click here to see March 2019 performance - St. Mary’s Academy
Click here to see December 2018 performance - Brother Martin High School
Jazz House Kids
January 2020 - GMPF sponsored eight students of Jazz House Kids to participate in the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference located in New Orleans. JEN is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance and developing new audiences. Highlights of the trip included a collaboration with the students of the New Orleans based Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp (LASJC). A special performance was held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Melissa Walker, President and Founder of the Jazz House Kids, Jackie Harris, Founder and Executive Director of LASJC along with two student pianists appeared live on WWL-TV’s Morning Show.
Positive Vibrations Foundation – Send Me a Friend
January 2020 - On January 23, 2020 and February 9, 2020, Send Me A Friend (SMAF), a project of Positive Vibrations Foundation announced two Lifeshops to be held in Austin, Texas and New York City. The Lifeshop sponsored by the GMPF is designed to educate, support and serve musicians. The program led by Anders Osborne is designed for “creatives” seeking recovery from substance misuse. Their mission is to support newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals who are in early recovery. The New York City event will feature Charlie Musselwhite.
St. Vincent Academy
December 2019 - Linda Consolazio presented Analisa Marcano, a freshman student at St. Vincent’s Academy with a scholarship sponsored by the GMPF. Ms. Marcano is a member of the Vocal Ensemble and has performed in a Broadway Cabaret. She has a passion for singing and songwriting. Most recently, Analisa has auditioned for America’s Got Talent.
Tunes for Toys Concert
December 2019 - On December 19, 2019, “Tunes for Toys” holiday concert hosted by the Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty Foundation) took place at Tipitina’s. The event was sponsored by the GMPF. The price of admission was an unwrapped toy which was donated to the children of New Orleans.
Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation
November 2019 - The GMPF Foundation announced the multi-year sponsorship renewal with Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation. Warren Easton has been a leader in the field of music education. The sponsorship will benefit the Warren Easton Summer Music Camp. The camp offers summer music instruction, jazz, marching, choreography, concert band and percussion including drum line and drum set. Specialized instruction will include a NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar.
Army Distaff Foundation, Inc.
November 2019 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly sponsored the Gift of Music program benefitting the residents of Knollwood Military Retirement Community which is operated by the Army Distaff Foundation. In 2018, the program provided more than 330 hours of musical programming. A special performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be held on November 5, 2019.
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
August 2019 - On August 17, 2019, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsored the annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival located on the Morristown Green which is located in the center of the Morristown, New Jersey. The festival featured musicians performing from noon until 10:00 PM. Past artists included Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, Bria Skonberg, the Frank Vignola Trio, Rob Paparozzi, Bucky Pizzarelli, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Robben Ford, Walter Trout, Bernard Allison, Davy Knowles, Charlie Musselwhite, the Duke Ellington Legacy Band, the Antoinette Montague Experience, and Quinn Sullivan.
Jazz House Kids
August 2019 - As part of a multi-year partnership with Jazz House Kids, the GMPF supported the 2019 Jazz House Summer Workshop. The two week summer workshop help support 122 students from nine states and three countries. These students performed in three world class concerts which included Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center and received 100 content hours of instructions that included the development of key skills and enhance knowledge in fundamentals of music and art of performance for both instrumental musicians and vocalists. As a highlight, students had a personal meet and greet with jazz icon Herbie Hancock.
The Two Louis: “Pop” and “The Wildest”
August 2019 - New Orleans’ two greats, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima, were formed by their hometown and its culture. They were both artists, entertainers and gifted musicians and their music reflects New Orleans influence.
Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris
July 2019 - Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris was honored by the New Orleans City Council for her contributions to New Orleans music. The proclamation was presented in a declaration to Alex Harris MacDonald, son of Harris. Harris is best known as the frontwoman of Little Queenie and Percolators. In February 2019, she was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program
July 2019 - GMPF is sponsoring the Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program. The program “Music Mondays” offers free concerts throughout the summer. The series of concerts offer diverse styles of music . The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s goal to unite the community, support local musicians and inspire under-served youth with life changing music education. In conjunction with the sponsorship, Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be performing on Monday, July 8, 2019.
Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation
June 2019 - The GMPF will sponsor the 2019 Warren Easton High School Summer Camp as part of a multi-year commitment. The four week summer program will offer 85 students music instruction in jazz, marching band and concert band. Specialized instruction will include a NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar Glenn Hall of the Rebirth Brass Band, Julian Gosin, Raymond Williams and Adonis Rose.
June 2019 - The GMPF has partnered with Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project for a free music camp. The Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp is open to middle school students throughout Monmouth County. The camp will connect young musicians to instruments and world-class instructors and will provide valuable music education along with enriching the cultural life of the Jersey Shore communities. The camp will run during the weeks of July 8 and July 15 with a final showcase concert on Friday, July 19, 2019.
June 2019 - On June 5, 2019, Linda Consolazio attended the Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Toms River High School South, alma mater of Gia Maione Prima. She presented scholarships supported by the GMPF to two outstanding students, Joseph Lampard and Marissa Frusteri. Both students exemplified an outstanding academic record and involvement in performing arts.
May 2019 - GMPF has partnered with the Northshore Community Foundation in supporting the Dick Knight Award. The spirit of the award is to recognize and reward a Northshore nonprofit staff for their diligence, commitment, resiliency, vision and excellence to the Louisiana region. On May 7, 2019, Myrna Jordan, Executive Director was awarded the 2018 recipient of the Dick Knight Award.
May 2019 - Jeffery Miller, scholarship winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award will be making his debut as a headlining performer at Dizzy’s Club in New York on May 28, 2019.
May 2019 - Linda Consolazio presented Erisdania Martinez, a senior at St. Vincent’s Academy with a scholarship sponsored by the GMPF. Ms. Martinez is President of the Student Forum and a member of the school’s Glee Club. Her musical talent is a gift that serves her church community. Erisdania plans to attend Drew University.
May 2019 - Scholarships sponsored by the GMPF were awarded to two students of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, an institution dedicated to the advancement of the fine arts . Below the 2019 recipients.
2019 scholarships recipients:
May 2019 - WWOZ - The GMPF Foundation announced the multi-year sponsorship renewal of WWOZ Program entitled School Groove. Each month, WWOZ 90.7FM provides a half-hour live in-studio radio program spotlighting Greater New Orleans’ school bands. School Grove serves as a platform to demonstrate the critical role of music education. Music Education enables students to learn discipline, commitment and focus which strengthens a student’s overall academic performance.
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
May 2019 - On May 20, 2019, Trustee, Kathryn Knight attended the Scholarship Awards Ceremony at NOCCA. NOCCA is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts: filmmaking & audio production, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts, visual arts and creative writing. She presented two Scholarships to two outstanding students, Chris Campbell and Renell Taylor. Both students have impressive academic records and are artistically talented students. Chris plans to continue her studies at DePaul University and Renell will attend Elon University.
The ASCAP Foundation
May 2019 - The ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to nurturing music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today's music creators through a variety of education, professional and humanitarian programs. In 2011, the ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award was established to honor the legendary musician Louis Prima. The annual Award is given to a graduating senior from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). This year the award was presented to Diji Diallo. Diji Diallo will be attending Berklee College of Music.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Poster
April 2019 - The 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival poster plays homage to the Jazz Fest’s 50th anniversary. Artist Scott Guion produced a group portrait of 55 musical greats that include Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Louis Armstrong, Antoine “Fats” Domino, Ellis Marsalis, Harry Roeland “Professor Longhair” Byrd, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Louis Prima.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
April 2019 - Tribute to Louis Prima was held at the Economy Hall Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Performers included Wendell Brunious, Louis Prima, Jr. John Boutte, Meschiya Lake and a band of New Orleans All Stars which included Diji Diallo, recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Gala
April 24, 2019 - The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation held the 21st annual Jazz & Heritage Gala - A Tribute of 50 Years of Jazz Fest. Renowned musicians from many genres – gospel, brass, jazz, funk, Blues and R&B performed. The evening included a special tribute to Louis Prima. Proceeds support the Foundation’s mission to promote, preserve and perpetuate the culture of New Orleans.
April 6, 2019 - As part of its multi-year commitment, GMPF proudly sponsored LASPCA Howling Success Gala. Louisiana SPCA supports animal welfare in New Orleans.
April 2019 - Diji Diallo, graduating senior of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and scholarship winner of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award received a 4 year, full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music.
Jazz House Kids
April 2019 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF sponsored the Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima Jazz Scholars Fund. The scholarship is part of Jazz House Kids Music and Education Fund which provides vital resources to support in-school music education programs in underserved communities across New Jersey as well as meet the needs of students attending the Jazz House Summer Workshop. The two week summer workshop immerses students in the art of jazz performance and helps them become well rounded musicians through workshops, ensemble performances and jam sessions with professional musicians. Highlights include master classes, small groups and big band ensembles, history and culture, composition and film scoring. Students perform at the renowned Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, top NJ jazz clubs and the Montclair Jazz Festival.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
March 2019 - On March 23, 2019 the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra held its annual Opus Ball - A Tribute to Fats Domino. Trustee, AJS attended the Gala where he announced a multi-year sponsorship between the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and LPO to support the Music For Life program. Music For Life supports music education to low income and underserved students of New Orleans.
Tunes for Toys 2018
December 2018 - The Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsored the 2018 Tunes for Toys Concert held on December 20, 2018 at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center in New Orleans. Trombone Shorty performed and price of admission was a new toy which was later donated to the children of New Orleans.
GMPF Awards Scholarship to Diana Alavarez
December 2018 - On December 19, 2018, Linda Consolazio presented the Gia Maione Prima Foundation Scholarship to Diana Alvarez, student of St. Vincent Academy. Ms. Alvarez is an artistically talented student who recognized her passion for the arts at an early age of 6. She regularly works with Vanguard Theater Company and has had roles in various productions including Once on This Island, Heathers and off-Broadway production of Two Gentlemen of Verona: the Musical. She plans to major in musical theatre.
Click Here to learn more about Saint Vincent Academy
Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College
October 2018 - Groundbreaking of the Performing Arts Academy was held at Ocean County Community College. The GMPF has entered into a multi-year commitment and will support arts education, programming and the works of Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima. In recognition of the partnership, the new theater will be name the Gia Maione Prima Foundation Studio Theatre.
Army Distaff Foundation, Inc.
September 2018 – As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly sponsored the Gift of Music program benefitting the residents of Knollwood Military Retirement Community which is operated by the Army Distaff Foundation. In 2018, the program provided more than 330 hours of musical programming. A special performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses was held on September 26, 2018.
August 2018 - Trevon Sullen-Trotter, graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and winner of the GMPF scholarship received a four year, full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music. He plans to study film scoring and trumpet performance at Berklee.
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
August 2018 - On August 18, 2018, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will sponsor the 8th Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival on the Green located in the center of Morristown, New Jersey. This year’s festival will include performances by Rhythm in Blue, Bria Skonberg, LaBamba & The Hubcaps, Bernard Allison Group and Davy Knowles.
August 2018 - GMPF is proudly sponsoring the Morris Museum’s Summer Jazzfest at the Bickford Theatre. Morris Museum’s mission is to celebrate art, science and history by providing engaging exhibitions and education programs, all of which are designed to promote cultural interests. The Morris Museum serves nearly 400,000 individuals annually, over half of which are children. A special performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be held on Thursday August 16, 2018.
Photos by Jack Grassa
June 2018 - Louis Prima’s 1936 track “What will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin)” is sampled on the recording “4th Dimension” of Kanye West and Kid Cudi's recent album “Kids See Ghosts.” Louis Prima is credited as a feature artist and composer. Kanye West has only given a posthumous featured artist credit two other times.
St. Vincent’s Academy
June 2018 - Linda Consolazio presented Samantha Joseph, a senior at St. Vincent’s Academy with a scholarship sponsored by the GMPF. Ms. Joseph is a member of the school’s Drama Club and has been cast in a number of leading roles. She performed under the direction of Savion Glover at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program. Samantha plans to attend the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation
June 2018 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF will sponsor the 2018 Warren Easton High School Summer Camp. The four week summer program will offer 70 students music instruction in jazz, marching band and concert band. Specialized instruction will include a NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar Glenn Hall of the Rebirth Brass Band and legendary Calvin A. Johnson, Jr.
May 2018 - On May 31, 2018, Anthony J. Sylvester attended the Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Toms River High School South, alma mater of Gia Maione Prima. He presented scholarships supported by the GMPF to two outstanding students, Samantha Wall and Julio Andres Veracruz. Both students exemplified an outstanding academic record and involvement in performing arts.
Julio Andres Veracruz
May 2018 - Scholarships sponsored by the GMPF were awarded to two students of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, an institution dedicated to the advancement of the fine arts . Below is a list of scholarship recipients.
2018 scholarships were awards:
2017 scholarships were awards:
Justine Lanza Kendrick
2016 scholarship were award:
2015 scholarship were award:
Gretchen Krasny (link to Gretchen's bio)
Count Basie Theatre
April 2018 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF sponsored the 2018 Count Basie Theatre Bus-in Program. On April 23, approximately 1600 students and teachers from Ocean and Monmouth Counties were transported to the Count Basie Theatre to participate in the Arts Education and Outreach Programs. This year “Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards,” the first and only New Orleans jazz band just for kids, performed playful sounds of early New Orleans jazz, zydeco, be-bop and swing.
April 2018 - Jeffery Miller, scholarship winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award graduated The Juilliard School, New York on April 4, 2018. Jeffery was a recipient of the Victor Goines, Bootsie Barth in Jazz and the Irene Diamond Scholarships.
Trombone Shorty Foundation
April 2018 - The GMPF proudly sponsored students from the Trombone Shorty Academy. Twelve students along with chaperones will arrive in New York for a musical educational experience of a lifetime. Students will participate in a master class with John Scofield, attend a workshop at Lincoln Center with Herlin Riley and Pedrito Martinez, tour Sony/ATV and meet with executives to discuss topics involving copyright, publishing and licensing in the music industry and attend a class at the Renaissance Youth organization.
March 2018 - Jeffery Miller, scholarship winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award recently appeared on the March 28th episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
January 2018 - The GRAMMY Museum announced that 18 talented high school students from across the United States had been selected for the 2018 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. The students, representing 18 cities in nine states, traveled to New York City for a seven-day musical adventure. The selected students performed at exclusive GRAMMY Week events including GRAMMY In The Schools Live! The young musicians also recorded an album (GRAMMY Jazz 26). Students also attended the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
John Michael Bradford CNN Interview
January 2018 - John Michael Bradford, ASCAP Scholarship winner of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award was profiled on CNN Turning Points.
Click Here to listen to John Michael Bradford story of Sounds of Healing on CNN Turning Points
Tunes for Toys 2017
December 2017 - The Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsored the 2017 Tunes for Toys Concert held on December 21, 2017 at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center in New Orleans. Trombone Shorty performed and price of admission was a new toy which was later donated to the children of New Orleans.
GMPF awards scholarship to Nia Harris
December 2017 - In December, 2017 the GMPF renewed its sponsorship with St. Vincent Academy to support an artistically talented student of St. Vincent Academy. On December 18, 2017, Nia Harris who has an impressive background was presented with a scholarship. She was chosen for the George Wein Scholars Ensemble created at NJPAC and performed “Rise Up.” She has been taking piano and voice lessons since she was 4 years old. At age 10, she was selected to play “Nala” in the Lion King production.
John Michael Bradford Nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
December 2017 - John Michael Bradford, ASCAP Scholarship winner of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award was nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album by Offbeat Magazine for his debut album “Something Old Something New.”
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Band Together
November 2017 - On November 29, 2017, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra held a concert series “Band Together : I Remember Louis” at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The series focused on “Louis Prima – King of Swing.” Performances by Lena Prima, Dylan Hunter and ASCAP scholars. The program was supported by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation.
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
October 2017 - The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts displays two exhibits in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Each year the GMPF supports students of the Academy who has shown outstanding accomplishment and dedication to the fine arts.
Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University
October 2017 - On Friday, October 27, 2017, GMPF and Tulane University celebrated the opening of the Louis Prima Room at William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive located in Jones Hall at Tulane University. The room will permanently house the archives of Louis Prima and will offer researchers the opportunity to learn about Prima’s life and career by viewing artifacts such as films, tapes, recordings, among other things.
Hot House Jazz Awards
October 2017 - On October 9, 2017, Anthony J. Sylvester, Trustee to the GMPF attended the 35th Anniversary of Hot House Jazz Award Ceremony held at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.
October 2017 - Jeffery Miller, scholarship winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award recently released a popular New Orleans jazz standard “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
Click Below to listen to Jeffery's new music
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
August 2017 - On August 19, 2017, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsored the 7th Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Performances by Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Ana Popovic and The Walter Trout Band. The Festival was proud to bring back to the stage Louis Prima, Jr. and The Witnesses and legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Approximately 4,000 people attended the Festival.
Brian Richburg, Jr awarded four-year scholarship
August 2017 - Brian Richburg, Jr. scholarship winner of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award, was awarded a four-year, full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music.
Warren Easton Summer Music Camp
June 2017 - The Gia Maione Prima Foundation partnered with Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation to sponsor the 2017 Warren Easton Summer Music Camp. The camp offered summer music instruction, jazz, marching, choreography, concert band and percussion. Approximately 65 children attended the camp from May 29 through June 28. Specialized instruction was offered by NOCCA/Prima Foundation scholar Glenn Hall.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 2017 - Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City, NJPAC’s free outdoor music series, announces the August 10, 2017 performance of Louis Prima, Jr. and The Witnesses.
June 2017 - On June 2, 2017, Anthony J. Sylvester, Trustee to the GMPF awarded a scholarship to Nayale Quimis, a graduate from St. Vincent Academy. Ms. Quimis attended theatre classes at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts and vocal lessons with NiCori Studios and Productions. She has performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center. Nayale plans to attend Montclair State University.
May 2017 - On May 31, 2017, Anthony J. Sylvester attended the Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Toms River High School South, alma mater of Gia Maione Prima. He presented the inaugural Gia Maione Prima Foundation Scholarship to two outstanding students, Zachary Bishop and Mackenzie Meyh. Both students exemplified an outstanding academic record and involvement in performing arts.
Trombone Shorty – Shortyfest
May 2017 - On May 4, 2017, Anthony J. Sylvester, Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation, was a guest of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ annual benefit Shorty Fest. The event is Trombone Shorty Foundation’s biggest fundraiser which provides need for music education, instruction, mentorship and performance opportunities to New Orleans’ young, underserved musicians.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Commemorative Envelope
April 2017 - On April 27, 2016, Anthony J. Sylvester, Trustee to the GMPF attended the ceremony of the unveiling of the 2017 JazzFest Commemorative Envelope. This year’s honoree was Chief Monk Boudreaux.
Count Basie Theatre
April 2017 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF sponsored the 2017 Count Basie Theatre Bus-In Program. On April 3, 2017, eleven hundred students from Monmouth and Ocean Counties were transported to the Count Basie Theatre to participate in the Arts Education and Outreach Programs. This year’s theme was ”Basie visits the Basie.”
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation
April 2017 - Anthony J. Sylvester, Trustee to the Gia Maione Prima Foundation attended the 2017 Jazz & Heritage Gala sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. on April 27, 2017. Proceeds of the Gala benefit the Dom Jamison Heritage School of Music in New Orleans.