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. 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.
One highlight of his work with Armstrong was a rollicking swing version of "Sunrise, Sunset", from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Napoleon was born Matthew Napoli in Brooklyn to Sicilian immigrants; he later legally changed his name.
Napoleon lived at The Regency senior center, in Glen Cove, NY (Long Island).
Birth and Death Data: Born June 2nd, 1921 (Brooklyn), Died April 27th, 2015 (Glen Cove)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1968
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||82702||3/19/1952||I'll walk alone||Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82703||3/19/1952||Kiss of fire||Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83439||9/22/1952||White Christmas||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83440||9/22/1952||Winter wonderland||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83441||9/22/1952||Chlo-e||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83442||9/22/1952||Listen to the mocking bird||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83986||2/23/1953||Your cheating heart||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83987||2/23/1953||Congratulation to someone||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84879||7/16/1953||Sittin' in the sun||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84880||7/16/1953||Dummy song||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105388||8/4/1958||That's a plenty||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105389||8/4/1958||Medley: Got a date with an angel ; There's a small hotel ; How high the moon||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105390||8/4/1958||My funny Valentine||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105391||8/4/1958||I won't dance ; Pick yourself up ; The song is you||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105392||8/5/1958||Dixie||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105393||8/5/1958||Easy to love||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105394||8/5/1958||Bewitched||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105395||8/5/1958||On the street where you live ; I could have danced all night||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105396||8/5/1958||Yesterdays||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105397||8/5/1958||Muskrat ramble||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105398||8/5/1958||When the Saints go marching in||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||105399||8/5/1958||At long last love||Stan Rubin Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||118624||2/8/1967||Day dream-1||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||118625||2/8/1967||Step down brother, next case||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||118626||2/8/1967||Louis' dream||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Napoleon, Marty," accessed April 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333307.
Napoleon, Marty. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333307.
"Napoleon, Marty." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 April 2021.
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