"Marinaro takes his place among the top five male jazz vocalists active today"
-- Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
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
Tom Vaitsas - piano
Andy brown - guitar
Christian gillingham - bass
Phil Gratteau - drums
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 with his fresh interpretations. At home, he is currently enjoying sold-out engagements in Chicago’s world-famous venues, including Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and at Winter’s Jazz Club.
He has been a featured performer at The Chicago Jazz Festival multiple times, including a 2017 appearance for an audience of 10,000 on the stage at the massive Pritzger Pavilion, where his performance with jazz legend Sheila Jordan earned rave reviews and was named “Best of 2017” (Chicago Tribune). He has earned “Best Performance of the Year” in the Chicago Tribune in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018; and “Best of Chicago 2015” in NewCity Magazine.
Paul released his widely acclaimed debut album Without a Song (2013), a carefully crafted concept album stemming from and inspired by his father’s unfulfilled dream to have been a professional singer. For this album, Paul incorporated 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, was named among the “Best of 2013” in the Chicago Tribune and has been prominently featured on NYC DJ Jonathan Schwartz’s “The Jonathan Channel”. Now in its fourth pressing, the album has been also re-issued 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” (2014), with Paul and his quartet performing the music live. His first live album One Night in Chicago (2015) has also been critically acclaimed, being called “...a shining example of male jazz vocal at the top of its game.” (Midwest Record).
Paul has grown in national visibility in recent years and has enjoyed many highly regarded debuts across the US and Canada, including regular appearances at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro, and most notably at the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, where Paul has performed to sold out and enthusiastic crowds. In Chicago, at the stunning Auditorium Theatre, Paul appeared in an all-star celebration of Cole Porter in 2016, and of Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne in 2017, and will be a part of Stephen Sondheim program in 2019.
Paul is also a featured vocalist with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, appearing in many festivals and concerts, including a recreation of the live album “Sinatra at the Sands” at the historic Studebaker Theater for which he received rave reviews, again earning the “Best of the Year” (2018) distinction in the Chicago Tribune.
For his 2018 birthday concert, Paul returned to Birdland Jazz Club featuring special guest Sheila Jordan. The duo immediately demonstrated an uncanny and effortless rapport with one another and have several concerts scheduled together. In early 2019 Paul was the sole vocalist in “The Oscar Peterson Story” at Jazz at Lincoln Center and has been actively touring throughout 2019 for various Nat King Cole Centennial concerts. His many performances in 2019 will include Barbados, Stockholm, the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival, and a debut at Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen.
When he is not performing live, he will be busy in the studio recording his next album which is due in 2020.