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
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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 to 1971 he performed with Armstrong again.[2]

One highlight of his work with Armstrong was a rollicking swing version of "Sunrise, Sunset", from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.[3]

Napoleon was born Matthew Napoli in Brooklyn to Sicilian immigrants; he later legally changed his name.[4]

Napoleon lived at The Regency senior center, in Glen Cove, NY (Long Island).[5]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ NYTimes obit.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Marty Napoleon Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Bernstein, Adam (2015-04-30). "Marty Napoleon, vivacious jazz pianist for Louis Armstrong, dies at 93". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  4. ^ Bernstein, Adam (2015-04-30). "Marty Napoleon, vivacious jazz pianist for Louis Armstrong, dies at 93". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Marty Napoleon". Newsday. legacy.com. 

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