Reel Music
The Spy Who Loved Me
Randy Napoleon
Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon tours with the legendary singer/pianist Freddy Cole and leads his own trios, quartet, and three-horn sextet. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he teaches jazz guitar.
Napoleon is also a composer and an arranger for singers, big bands, and small combos. He arranged as well as performed on Cole’s 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. He is also the guitarist on Cole’s Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me, Talk to Me, and This and That. When off the road in his home in Manhattan, he also freelances with artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Rodney Whitaker, Melissa Morgan, Aaron Diehl, Josh Brown, Dmitry Baevsky, Jared Gold, Etienne Charles, Mike Dease, Sara Gazarek, Brianna Thomas, Bootsie Barnes, Mike Karn, Eric Comstock. Will and Pete Anderson, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Prior to joining Freddy Cole, Napoleon toured with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and appears on the recording, The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG. He has also toured extensively with Benny Green and crooner Michael Buble. Napoleon is featured on Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD Caught in the Act. Napoleon has played or arranged on over seventy records.
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.”
2021
Jul 25OFAM 2021'Round MiddayJaqua
Jul 27OFAM 2021The Spy Who Loved MeJaqua
Jul 28OFAM 2021SpellboundJaqua
Jul 29OFAM 2021Elevator To The GallowsJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2021Doin' The ChameleonJaqua
Jul 31OFAM 2021Some Like It HotJaqua
Randy Napoleon participates In these Reel Music events:
Sunday Jul 25
4:00 pm'Round Midday
Tuesday Jul 27
8:00 pmThe Spy Who Loved Me
Wednesday Jul 28
1:00 pmSpellbound
Thursday Jul 29
8:00 pmElevator To The Gallows
Friday Jul 30
1:00 pmDoin' The Chameleon
Saturday Jul 31
8:00 pmSome Like It Hot

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Wednesday Jul 21
1:00 pmAs Time Goes By
8:00 pmSetting The Score: Opening Gala
Thursday Jul 22
1:00 pmRendezvous
8:00 pmSpellbound
Friday Jul 23
1:00 pmSome Like It Hot
8:00 pmEnter Astaire
Saturday Jul 24
10:00 amSing-Along 1
1:00 pmElevator To The Gallows
8:00 pmDoin' The Chameleon
Sunday Jul 25
4:00 pm'Round Midday
Tuesday Jul 27
8:00 pmThe Spy Who Loved Me
Wednesday Jul 28
1:00 pmSpellbound
8:00 pmRendezvous
Thursday Jul 29
1:00 pmSing-Along 2
8:00 pmElevator To The Gallows
Friday Jul 30
1:00 pmDoin' The Chameleon
8:00 pmAs Time Goes By
Saturday Jul 31
1:00 pmEnter Astaire
8:00 pmSome Like It Hot
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