Randy Napoleon

Napoleon was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Greg and Davi Napoleon and the grandson of Jack Skurnick and Fay Kleinman. He has one younger brother, Brian Napoleon. His family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, when Napoleon was young. He married Alison Rogers Napoleon in 2010.[6] One of Napoleon’s formative experiences was in a big band at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, led by the trumpeter Louis Smith. He also played at the jazz clubs in Ann Arbor and learned from jam sessions at the now defunct Bird of Paradise Club, where he also heard master jazz artists play. Early opportunities at the Del Rio, a local bar, and at events sponsored by WEMU, a local NPR jazz radio station, helped launch his career.[5] Napoleon went on to study at the University of Michigan School of Music. He moved to New York City after graduating in 1999.
Napoleon performs as sideman and leader. He also arranges and produces for his own recordings and for other artists. He has led an organ trio with Quincy Davis on drums, and Jared Gold on Hammond B3 organ.[3] They have toured throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, where they did a concert for BBC radio and played several clubs. He has also led a sextet, with Gold, Davis, Josh Brown on trombone, Frank Basile on baritone sax, and Justin Walter on trumpet. He also tours internationally with singer/pianist Freddy Cole.[1][2] He is the guitarist on Cole’s 2009 release, The Dreamer in Me, and performs on and arranged the music for Cole’s 2010 release, Freddy Cole Sings for Mr. B. Napoleon has appeared on TV with Cole, on a 2007 PBS special and on the 2009 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
The Randy Napoleon Trio appears on two CDs, Enjoy the Moment and Randy Napoleon: Between Friends. Both feature organist Jared Gold, and drummer Quincy Davis. They have been compared to Wes Montgomery’s organ trio. Between Friends, a 2006 release from Azica Records, features the trio on half the tracks and a quartet on the other, with Davis, bassist David Wong, and Benny Green on piano. Napoleon has also toured with Benny Green(2000?2001), Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, CHJO (2003?2004) and Michael Bubl