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Pianist Marty Napoleon (1921–2015) came from a musical family: He was the nephew of trumpeter and bandleader Phil Napoleon and brother of pianist Teddy Napoleon. In 1950, he joined his uncle’s group, The Memphis Five; he later became a member of the Big Four, led by Charlie Ventura. He also played with Louis Armstrong‘s All Stars, led his own trio and performed as a soloist.
In this 1992 episode of Piano Jazz, Napoleon solos in his original composition “Over And Over,” and Marian McPartland joins him for “All Of Me.”
Originally broadcast in the fall of 1992.
- “Dance Only With Me” (Comden, Green, Styne)
- “Over And Over” (Napoleon)
- “Satin Doll” (Ellington)
- “Why Try To Change Me” (Coleman, McCarthy)
- “All Of Me” (Marks, Simons)
- “Prelude To A Kiss” (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)
- “Silent Pool” (McPartland)
- “Crazy Rhythm” (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer)