Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro, dubbed as having "one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today" by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, is a modern classic. Paul has quickly made a name for himself, becoming one of the most in-demand and respected male vocalists, and taking "his place among the top five male jazz singers active today." (Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene)
Paul demonstrates a mastery of and an infectious passion for the material he chooses allowing him to successfully command audiences. He is currently enjoying sold-out engagements in Chicago's world-famous venues, including the Joe and Wayne Segal's Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, and at his highly acclaimed debut appearance at The Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. His have been named as the "Best Performances of the Year" in the Chicago Tribune in both 2013 and 2014. His performances have sold out on both of his recent west and east coast debuts.
In 2013, Paul celebrated his widely acclaimed debut album Without a Song, a carefully crafted concept album stemming from and inspired by his father and his father's unfulfilled dream to have been a professional singer. For this album, Paul incorporates the beginnings of his love affair with music, when at the age of five, he found his father's homemade 78rpm acetate discs in the attic, heard him singing "That Old Black Magic", and was mesmerized. This scratchy recording of his father's voice was Paul's first musical inspiration…and it was restored and used to open his debut album 66 years later. Without a Song has gone on to receive widespread acclaim and national airplay, and was named among the "Best of 2013" in the Chicago Tribune. Now in its third pressing, the album will be re-issued in Fall 2015 as a deluxe, limited-edition, audiophile 2 LP Vinyl set. The album and its story went on to inspire acclaimed choreographer, Ron De Jesus, who premiered his original dance suite "Without a Song: Mic Check 1, 2" in April 2014, with Paul and his quartet performing the music live.
On June 10, 2015, he recorded his first live album, One Night in Chicago, being released in Fall 2015. Among his many recent exciting performances, in the summer of 2015, Paul performed with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra for a Sinatra Centennial Concert and will begin several tours in the upcoming months.
Right there under your nose in Chicago is a singer named Paul Marinaro who is the best I've heard in many years. His insight and command over this material is truly staggering, making him one of that select cadre of storytellers. Like Nat Cole, it's art so close to perfection that it seems almost artless. I've heard many new singers and no one has touched me as deeply as this guy. He's got it all. Dick LaPalm - jazz record promoter/agent whose clients have included Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, and Sarah Vaughan
Marinaro was at once vocalist, narrator, storyteller, historian and the most dapper and elegant of tour guides as the trio musically transported us... Randy Freedman - Chicago Jazz Magazine
A formidable singer, bold and evocative…Marinaro has evolved into one of the most accomplished and promising jazz-swing vocalists in the country…one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today. Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune
He swings hard …a giant baritone that manages to be both virile and gorgeous, Marinaro infuses the essence of jazz – the imaginative phrasing, the small expressive gesture, and yes, that swing – into every interpretation. Neil Tesser - Examiner; author, music critic, Grammy Winner (liner notes)
Paul is a mesmerizing singer and performer, and a charming historian of the Great American Songbook. Randy Freedman - Chicago Jazz Magazine
Marinaro weaves a spell that makes you forget about the outside world as you're held captive by his talent. (**** of 4 stars) TimeOut Chicago