That Old Black Magic
Paul Marinaro, a Chicago based jazz singer, released his debut album, "Without a Song" in June 2013. The album has received widespread critical acclaim, been featured on national radio programming, and has been a best seller, already in its second pressing. "Without a Song" was recently named one of the "Best of 2013" by critic Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune.
This film clip highlights Paul's recording of the song "That Old Black Magic" as well as his performance in concert.
For this album, Paul wanted to honor his father’s unfulfilled dream to be a singer. In the process, Paul salvaged and digitally restored his father’s old homemade, 78rpm acetate discs and various audio cassettes. Inspired by Frank SInatra's early recording of "That Old Black Magic", Joseph Marinaro cut his own homemade acetate of the now classic Harold Arlen/ Johnny Mercer song in 1947. Little did he know then that this scratchy recording would be Paul's first musical fascination...and little did he know that it would be restored and used to open his son's debut album 66 years later.
This film clip highlights Paul's recording of the song as well as his performance in concert.
Paul’s career, his musical journey, and the recording of this tribute album are the subject of a forthcoming documentary, “You Will Be My Music”.