Nappy Lamare (banjo) with Johnny Bayersdorffer's Band. Courtesy Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University.

Nappy Lamare (banjo) with Johnny Bayersdorffer’s Band. Courtesy Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University.

Hilton Napoleon “Nappy” Lamare began playing the banjo in high school and by age 18 was a professional musician performing and recording with the likes of Johnny Wiggs, Bill Lustig, Johnny Bayersdorffer, Sharkey, Monk Hazel, and Johnny Hyman’s Bayou Stompers. He is most well known for  his work with the Bob Crosby  Bob Cats in the thirties and forties. He later moved to Hollywood, CA and started the Riverboat Dandies with drummer Ray Bauduc. (see Al Rose and Edmond Souchon, New Orleans Jazz: A Family Album, p. 72)