On Sunday, June 2, 2013, pianist /singer / composer / raconteur Marty Napoleon turns 92. He is still creating music, still ebullient, with a sharp-edged wit and an eagerness for new experiences: Marty doesn’t simply reside in the past.
But oh! — what a past. Here are some examples from YouTube — and they are only the smallest fraction of Marty’s wide-ranging musical experiences.
On a 1947 Savoy record date with Kai Winding, Allen Eager, Eddie Safranski, Shelly Manne:
In December 1957 for the Timex All-Star Jazz Show with Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Peanuts Hucko, Arvell Shaw, Cozy Cole:
With Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars on a 1968 Bell Telephone Hour:
June 2012 at Feinstein’s — introduced by the late Mat Domber — with Harry Allen, Joel Forbes, Chuck Riggs, Jon-Erik Kellso:
December 2012 with Bill Crow and Ray Mosca:
By my rudimentary math, Marty has been entertaining audiences with his lively music for seventy years . . . we are lucky to have him with us! Thank you for being so resilient, Marty.
And . . . he keeps on going. On July 5, 2013, Marty will be leading a quartet (including trumpeter / singer Bria Skonberg) in a tribute to Louis Armstrong, his former employer and great inspiration — in Glen Cove, New York: details can be found here.
May your happiness increase!