Marty Napoleon

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Marty Napoleon
Marty Napoleon.jpg
Left to right: Don Varella, Stan Johnson, Marty Napoleon, Fraser MacPherson. Penthouse, Vancouver, B.C. April 4, 1952. Photo courtesy of the Fraser MacPherson estate
Background information
Born (1921-06-02)June 2, 1921
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Died April 27, 2015(2015-04-27) (aged 93)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Louis Armstrong
Charlie Ventura

Marty Napoleon (June 2, 1921 – April 27, 2015) was an American jazz pianist born in Brooklyn, New York, perhaps best known for having replaced Earl Hines in Louis Armstrong's All Stars in 1952.[1] In 1946 he worked with Gene Krupa and went on to work with his uncle Phil Napoleon, a trumpeter, in Phil's Original Memphis Five. In the 1950s he also worked with his brother Teddy Napoleon, a pianist, and from 1966–1971 he was performing with Louis Armstrong again.[2]

Napoleon lived at The Regency senior center, in Glen Cove, NY (Long Island).[3]

Select discography[edit]

As bandleader

With Louis Armstrong

With Kai Winding

With Charlie Ventura

With Rex Stewart

  • Late Date (Simitar Records)

With Carl Barry

With Herbie Fields

With Teddy Reig

With Allen Eager

George Peri Drummer Leader


  1. ^ NYTimes obit.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Marty Napoleon Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Marty Napoleon". Newsday. 

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