Randy Napoleon


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Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups of our time.

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  • 08/26/201910/04/2019

Randy Napoleon blends jazz guitar retrospective with a visionary look forward on Common Tones

For Randy Napoleon, known as jazz guitar’s forward-thinking, tradition-loving performer, composer, and professor, study and creation go hand in hand. His philosophy, whether performing or writing, is to immerse himself in the techniques of the masters, then trust his mind, heart, and fingers to respond in the moment. “When you are playing jazz, it is a conversation that moves at lightning speed. There is no time to think. It has to be reflexive, an ingrained response.”

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  • All About Jazz, Album review, 02/17/2020, Randy Napoleon: Common Tones Text
  • Broadway World, Mention, 08/19/2019, Competition Winners Announced At Multi-Genre International Guitar Festival
  • Fox 47, Event preview, 08/21/2019, Grand Concert Series continues with gospel artist, MSU Professors of Jazz
  • Chicago Tribune, Mention, 08/30/2019, Jazz Fest review: Freddy Cole evokes sweet memories of brother Nat King Cole
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03/21/2020, South Bend, IN, Merriman's Playhouse, 8 p.m.
09/19/201903/21/2020, Randy Napoleon Trio at Merriman's Playhouse in South Bend, IN
Event
03/21/2020
Event
03/21/2020
Ticket Phone
(574) 329-3430
Ticket Price(s)
$15, $10 for students
Venue Zip
46615
Venue City, State
South Bend, IN
Venue St. Address
1211 Mishawaka Ave.
Venue
Merriman's Playhouse
Concert Start Time
8 p.m.
Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to Merriman's Playhouse to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. MORE» More»

Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to Merriman's Playhouse to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. Featuring:

  • Randy Naopleon, guitar
  • Scott Wente - Bass
  • Will Crandell - Drums

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups of our time.

Napoleon cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen year tenure with Freddy Cole. He has also performed with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker and John Pizzarelli.

Napoleon has performed or arranged on over seventy records. He arranged as well as performed on Freddy Cole’s seven most recent records including the Grammy-nominated releases, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B and My Mood Is You. He performed on The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act.

Napoleon has played on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres show as well as TV shows in South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed across the globe at notable venues including Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.”

Napoleon has four records as a band leader with a fifth, Common Tones. set for release Oct 4, 2019 on the Detroit Music Factory label.

randynapoleon.com/

Event
03/21/2020

01/24/2020, Phoenix, AZ, The Nash
09/19/201901/24/2020, Randy Napoleon Trio for 2 nights at The Nash in Phoenix, AZ
Event
01/24/2020
Event
01/24/2020
Ticket Phone
(602) 795-0464
Venue Zip
85004
Venue City, State
Phoenix, AZ
Venue St. Address
110 E Roosevelt St.
Venue
The Nash
Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to The Nash for 2 nights to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. MORE» More»

Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to The Nash for 2 nights to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. Featuring:

  • Randy Naopleon, guitar
  • Scott Wente - Bass
  • Will Crandell - Drums

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups of our time.

Napoleon cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen year tenure with Freddy Cole. He has also performed with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker and John Pizzarelli.

Napoleon has performed or arranged on over seventy records. He arranged as well as performed on Freddy Cole’s seven most recent records including the Grammy-nominated releases, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B and My Mood Is You. He performed on The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act.

Napoleon has played on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres show as well as TV shows in South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed across the globe at notable venues including Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.”

Napoleon has four records as a band leader with a fifth, Common Tones. set for release Oct 4, 2019 on the Detroit Music Factory label.

randynapoleon.com/

Event
01/24/2020

12/18/2019, Grosse Pointe, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
09/03/201912/18/2019, Randy Napoleon Trio, four night engagement at Dirty Dog Jazz Club in Grosse Pointe, MI
Event
12/18/2019
Event
12/18/2019
Ticket Phone
(313) 882-5299
Venue Zip
48236
Venue City, State
Grosse Pointe, MI
Venue St. Address
97 Kercheval
Venue
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio from December 18-21 to Dirty Dog Jazz Club to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. MORE» More»
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Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to Dirty Dog Jazz Club from December 18-21 to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. Featuring:

  • Randy Naopleon, guitar
  • Scott Wente - Bass
  • Will Crandell - Drums

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups of our time.

Napoleon cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen year tenure with Freddy Cole. He has also performed with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker and John Pizzarelli.

Napoleon has performed or arranged on over seventy records. He arranged as well as performed on Freddy Cole’s seven most recent records including the Grammy-nominated releases, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B and My Mood Is You. He performed on The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act.

Napoleon has played on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres show as well as TV shows in South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed across the globe at notable venues including Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.”

Napoleon has four records as a band leader with a fifth, Common Tones. set for release Oct 4, 2019 on the Detroit Music Factory label.

randynapoleon.com/

Event
12/18/2019

12/13/2019, Ann Arbor, MI, Blue Llama Jazz Club, 7 p.m.
09/19/201912/13/2019, Randy Napoleon Trio at Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, MI
Event
12/13/2019
Event
12/13/2019
Ticket Phone
(734) 372-3200
Venue Zip
48104
Venue City, State
Ann Arbor, MI
Venue St. Address
314 S. Main St.
Venue
Blue Llama Jazz Club
Concert Start Time
7 p.m.
Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to Blue Llama Jazz Club to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. MORE» More»

Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to Blue Llama Jazz Club to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. Featuring:

  • Randy Naopleon, guitar
  • Scott Wente - Bass
  • Will Crandell - Drums

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups of our time.

Napoleon cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen year tenure with Freddy Cole. He has also performed with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker and John Pizzarelli.

Napoleon has performed or arranged on over seventy records. He arranged as well as performed on Freddy Cole’s seven most recent records including the Grammy-nominated releases, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B and My Mood Is You. He performed on The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act.

Napoleon has played on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres show as well as TV shows in South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed across the globe at notable venues including Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.”

Napoleon has four records as a band leader with a fifth, Common Tones. set for release Oct 4, 2019 on the Detroit Music Factory label.

randynapoleon.com/

Event
12/13/2019

12/06/2019, Byron Center, MI, Byron Center Jazz
09/03/201912/06/2019, Randy Napoleon Trio at Byron Center Jazz Dessert
Event
12/06/2019
Event
12/06/2019
Venue City, State
Byron Center, MI
Venue
Byron Center Jazz
Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to the Byron Center Jazz Dessert to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. MORE» More»
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Grammy nominated guitarist, Randy Napoleon, brings his trio to the Byron Center Jazz Dessert to celebrate the release of his new record "Common Tones" on the Detroit Music Factory Label. Featuring:

  • Randy Naopleon, guitar
  • Scott Wente - Bass
  • Will Crandell - Drums

Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is currently touring as a leader after twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated musicians and groups of our time.

Napoleon cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen year tenure with Freddy Cole. He has also performed with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker and John Pizzarelli.

Napoleon has performed or arranged on over seventy records. He arranged as well as performed on Freddy Cole’s seven most recent records including the Grammy-nominated releases, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B and My Mood Is You. He performed on The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act.

Napoleon has played on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres show as well as TV shows in South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed across the globe at notable venues including Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.”

Napoleon has four records as a band leader with a fifth, Common Tones. set for release Oct 4, 2019 on the Detroit Music Factory label.

randynapoleon.com/

Event
12/06/2019