Marty Napoleon

The nephew of trumpeter Phil Napoleon and the younger brother of fellow pianist Teddy Napoleon, Marty Napoleon gained his greatest fame playing with Louis Armstrong's All-Stars during two stints. Napoleon was a pretty versatile player whose style generally fell between swing and bop.

Born in New York City (June 2, 1921), he was originally a trumpeter, heart troubles caused him to switch to piano. Napoleon picked up early experience playing with the big bands of Chico Marx, Joe Venuti, Lee Castle, Charlie Barnet, and Gene Krupa (1945). Napoleon worked with his uncle's Memphis Five in the early '50s, was part of Charlie Ventura's Big Four, and was with Louis Armstrong from 1952-1953. In addition to having a two-piano quartet with brother Teddy in 1955, working with Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, and Henry 'Red' Allen, and freelancing, Napoleon frequently led his own trios. He...

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Albums featuring Marty Napoleon

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