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Randy Napoleon

Randy Napoleon is a performer, recording artist, arranger, and educator. Currently an Associate Professor at Michigan State University, he cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen-year tenure with Freddy Cole.

Napoleon has performed or arranged on over 70 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 also featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act.

Napoleon’s television credits include The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, and the Today Show. His live performances span the globe including Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

Randy plays a Bravo Deluxe model.

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“Sensational” – guitarist George Benson

“[Napoleon] plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” – Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker

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