After studying music and performing in Upstate New York, Paul moved to Chicago in 2003, and has quickly made a name for himself, becoming one of the most respected and in-demand male vocalists in the city.
Jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro 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.
In Chicago, Paul has been featured at numerous venues, yet it was a well received 2005 performance alongside Chicago favorite Judy Roberts that forged a musical partnership for the next two years. Paul and Judy quickly became one of Chicago's most acclaimed duos, appearing frequently throughout the city.
Being a reluctant member of Generation X, Paul unfortunately missed the chance to see many of the "Great Ones" who came before him. However, he is thrilled to currently have the chance to be working alongside some of Chicago's best musicians. Paul can be seen weekly at various venues, most currently with pianist Jeremy Kahn, and bassist Joe Policastro at their popular Wednesday night performances at Club 3160. The Trio also appears in a highly successful monthly tribute series at Katerina's.
"...a mesmerizing singer worthy of the highest praise." -Chicago Jazz Magazine
"...a heartbreaker with ultra-cool elegance." - Chicago Tribune
Review (****) "...this singer twists a melody line and plays with it with an unabashed style and charisma that just doesn't stop."
"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." (TimeOut Chicago)
"... leaving behind my favorite singer...
Paul is also a joy to play for, a young, talented vocalist with a great attitude and impeccable repertoire."
- (Vocalist/Pianist Judy Roberts)
"...a talented young singer who's 'got it'...the Great American Songbook is in good hands." (Vocalist/Pianist Audrey Morris)
"Marinaro has learned the importance of the lyric and knows how to convey emotion through phrasing." (River North News)