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America's exciting piano personality Marty Napoleon is a native of Brooklyn. At the age of 15 Marty commenced his association with the keyboard. With just 2 years of piano knowledge, Marty organized his own large dance band at the age of seventeen. Prior to reaching his 20th birthday, Marty joined the Bob Astor band. As a pianist with that band, Marty associated with it's members-Neal Hefti, Shelly Manne, Les Elgart,atc. The year 1941 found Marty Napoleon a featured soloist with the Chico Marx band, By the time Marty had completed his stint with this then popular band he was asked to join the Joe Venuti organization


News: Obituary

Marty Napoleon (1921-2015)

Marty Napoleon (1921-2015)

Marty Napoleon, a stride pianist who was as at home playing New Orleans and Chicago jazz as he was swing and who played with numerous bands and ensembles from the 1940s on, most notably Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, died on April 27. He was 93. [Photo above of Marty Napoleon and his late wife, ...


Try This

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014


Article: Catching Up With

Marty and Brent: The Napoleon Duo Affair

Read "Marty and Brent: The Napoleon Duo Affair" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Pianist Marty Napoleon, now a spry 93, is a walking history of 20th Century jazz. He's been a Louis Armstrong All-Star and has performed worldwide with all the greats of jazz. Recently, Marty's grandson, Brent Napoleon has brought to the jazz world a series of Marty Napoleon recordings collected as Try This!. The effort is anticipated ...


Article: Book Review

Pops – The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Read "Pops – The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pops--The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong Terry Teachout 508 Pages ISBN: # 1906779562 Aurum Press 2014 Critic Terry Teachout published his biography of Louis Armstrong, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in 2009, republishing it under the present title of Pops--The Wonderful World of Louis ...

News: Recording

90 Year Old Pianist Marty Napoleon Releases His First New Album In Decades Called Swingin' At 90

90 Year Old Pianist Marty Napoleon Releases His First New Album In Decades Called Swingin' At 90

90 year old pianist Marty Napoleon reinvents himself and plays in the electro-swing style of jazz on his first new album in decades. Marty Napoleon is best known for playing piano with Louis Armstrong during the 1950s. In addition, Napoleon has played with such jazz legends as Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and the Big ...


News: Interview

Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 3)

Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 3)

It's hard enough to play jazz professionally. Now imagine you're playing with Louis Armstrong and musicians like trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Barney Bigard, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Cozy Cole and vocalist Velma Middelton. That's jazz of the highest order. Plus artists who know a thing or two about entertainment. Pianist Marty Napoleon did just that, both ...


News: Interview

Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 2)

Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 2)

After playing with a series of big bands in the mid-'40s, pianist  Marty Napoleon recorded in small bop groups in the late '40s. His optimistic, high-energy personality and keen ear endeared him to many of the top players on the scene. He got along with everyone, even Buddy Rich, though that was a close call. [Photo ...


News: Interview

Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 1)

Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 1)

Marty Napoleon is probably best known as the pianist in Louis Armstrong's All Stars, starting in 1952. That in and of itself would make Marty a superstar, considering who was in that band. But perhaps even more surprising is that Marty did not read music in the early part of his professional career. All of his ...


Article: Profile

Marty Napoleon: Covering all 88 Keys

Read "Marty Napoleon: Covering all 88 Keys" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Post-WWII New York City was a vibrant and musically creative club environment and pianist Marty Napoleon was a significant part of that scene and continues, through what is now a 60+-year career in the music business, to add more than a dash of pizzazz to any musical endeavor with which he is associated. His impressive resume ...


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