"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
Alyssa Allgood has been recognized as an
artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics” (DownBeat Magazine).
Her voice is “radiant…strong and coolly expressive. She sings with a maturity
marked by restraint and nuance”
-- Neil Tesser, Grammy Award-winning
writer and critic
Alyssa Allgood - vocals
Paul Marinaro - vocals
Two of Chicago's highly acclaimed jazz vocalists, Alyssa Allgood and Paul Marinaro, are teaming up once again for a special night of duets at Winter's Jazz Club. As was clearly demonstrated at their recent successful performances at Jazz Showcase and Studio5 Performing Arts Center, their voices, styles, and interpretations are perfectly matched on both classic material from the Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards.
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Alyssa has a strong affinity for hard bop music and her voice perfectly bridges this style with a more modern approach, evident on her debut album, “Out of the Blue”. Released in Fall 2016, this album reimagines the classic Blue Note Records era with original arrangements and lyrics. The album received wide critical acclaim and was hailed as a “Best Release of 2016” by The Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Jazz History Online, The L.A. Jazz Scene and a “Best Debut Release of 2016” by The New York City Jazz Record. Critics consistently praised Alyssa’s instrumental approach and accomplished scat and vocalese singing.
Alyssa performed at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival to a standing room only crowd and was met with a standing ovation and sold-out CD sales. She recently finished her first weekend headlining engagement at the legendary Jazz Showcase. Alyssa has also appeared at The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, the Jazz Estate and Merriman's Playhouse, the Isthmus Jazz Festival and the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest.
Alyssa actively participates in jazz competitions around the world, and recently won the First Annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition held in Washington D.C. She has also been named a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Organization in Chicago and second place winner in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition. Alyssa placed as a Top 10 semifinalist in the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition; where she competed live in Switzerland for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau.
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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 in 2014. His have been named as the "Best Performances of the Year" in the Chicago Tribune in both 2013, 2014, and 2016, and named "Best of 2015" (Chicago Magazine). 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 was 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 acclaimed first live album, One Night in Chicago, appearing on various "Best of" lists including 'Chicago Tribune', 'All About Jazz', 'LA Jazz Scene', and 'Jazz Weekly'.
In October 2016, Paul enjoyed a highly acclaimed, sold-out debut at the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club in NYC.
He will be a featured vocalist at the 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival alongside jazz legend, Sheila Jordan, in a performance commemorating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday.