90-year-old pianist and music veteran, Marty Napoleon has teamed up with Producer, Ron DiCesare to create an electro-swing style album featuring some of Napoleon's classic songs. Napoleon is best known for playing piano with Louis Armstrong during the 1950s. In addition, Napoleon has played with such jazz legends as Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and the Big Four featuring Charlie Ventura, Chubby Jackson, and Buddy Rich.
DiCesare has opted not to present Napoleon's songs in a traditional fashion, but as a hybrid of electronic dance music and swing era jazz. This combination, known as electro-swing, is a surprisingly perfect match for Napoleon's natural piano style. The result is a whole new take on Napoleon's old standards, with some new songs written just for this project.
The Napoleon/DiCesare combination is a landmark collaboration because Napoleon has recorded all of these new piano performances specifically for DiCesare's vision of this project at the ripe "young" age of 90. Even with this modern approach, the revamped songs keep the core essence of Napoleon's piano style intact, exactly how he would have sounded during the height of the swing era.
Here's what Marty said about this collaboration:
"Working on a project like this at my age was a new and exciting experience. I have been writing and performing music for over 60 years in the traditional way. After working in a completely new way for me, I am happy to say that this take on my original songs is contemporary and I like it. I think you will, too."
Combining the talent of Marty Napoleon, a genuine swing era veteran, with the budding new genre of electro-swing is sure to delight listeners who can appreciate that in some ways, everything old is new again.