Since moving to Chicago in 2003, Paul Marinaro has quickly made a name for himself, becoming one of the most in-demand male vocalists and having been featured at most of the best music venues in the city. He has maintained an exhaustive performance schedule since arriving in Chicago.
As a strong, jazz-influenced vocalist, Paul Marinaro resists category and enjoys being true to himself and to the material he sings. From swing to torch, from the classics to the contemporary, Paul’s warm baritone voice is filled with nuance, wit, and taste. While his vocal style is peppered with traces of his influences, he has successfully forged his own sound and personality. His performances all possess a fresh, playful, and inventive sense of rhythm and melody, and an expansive repertoire.
The formation of The Paul Marinaro Trio in May 2008, centering Paul’s vocals between the energetic intimacy of piano and bass, began a new chapter in his Chicago career. Featuring classic jazz interpretations, the trio has developed a vast repertoire all culled from The Great American Songbook, has performed weekly at various clubs and has presented a successful tribute series at since 2008. Included among his successful tribute shows are “Sinatra: The World on a String”, “A Night of Lady Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday”, “A Celebration of The Nat King Cole Trio”, “Marinaro Sings Mercer” and “Marinaro Sings Ellington”.
Paul’s name can currently be seen attached to many of Chicago’s best musicians and can be seen weekly at various venues. Through his countless appearances at various Chicago theaters and supper clubs, Paul has had a quick rise to prominence and critical acclaim.
Paul Marinaro has an infectious and palpable passion for the material he chooses, demonstrating an uncanny knowledge of history and musical styles. Possessing a vast repertoire, Paul enjoys re-interpreting well known songs, as well as re-introducing long forgotten gems, each presented with both musical intelligence and playful integrity.
Paul will celebrate his premier album, Without a Song, at The Jazz Showcase June 12, 2013, just in time for Father's Day. This extraordinary debut recording is a carefully crafted concept album stemming from and inspired by his father and his father’s unfulfilled dream to have been a professional singer. It is a meticulously culled, exciting, and varied selection of standards on which Paul is accompanied by an array of Chicago’s finest musicians.
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.
Little did his father know that this scratchy recording would be Paul's first musical inspiration...and little did he know that it would be restored and used to open his son's debut album 66 years later.
“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)
"Marinaro owns one of the most plush baritones in Chicago - or just about anywhere else, and one of these days, perhaps the rest of the world with know it…a room is fortunate to have him." Howard Reich (producer, author, and arts/jazz critic of the Chicago Tribune)
“Paul is a mesmerizing singer and performer, and a charming historian of the Great American Songbook.” (Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine)
“Marinaro wins you over from his very first note, his warm baritone gently caressing each note as he pays close attention to the lyric as well.”
“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)