The Bowie Project 2023

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Release Date: January 20, 2023

Paul Marinaro with Metropolitan Jazz Octet

Chicago's Metropolitan Jazz Octet partners with the acclaimed vocalist Paul Marinaro to create an inspired tribute to the durability and pure magic of David Bowie's songwriting legacy. With this incredibly bold, brave, and wholly unique project, MJO and Marinaro honor Bowie's lyrics, melodic and harmonic complexity, while allowing for improvisational and jazz styles to shine through creating a timely and novel album. Reinterpreting without replicating, due in no small part to Marinaro's riveting vocals paired with creative arrangements, the octet palette reveals transparency and intimacy, coaxing nuanced colors more indicative of a larger orchestra, laying out an inventive complement to Bowie's lyrics. The MJO was originally founded in the '50s by saxophonist/arranger Tom Hilliard and documented first in 1959's The Legend of Bix on Argo Records. Its re-awakening in 2014 by Hilliard's former student, Jim Gailloreto, extends the rich legacy of Hilliard's library of compositions and devotion to this elegant chamber ensemble. "The Bowie Project" expands those boundaries with this compilation of David Bowie songs reimagined for voice and jazz octet.

When you can listen to the iconic 'Space Oddity' and hear it anew - without a trace of irony - you know this project has met its goal. " Neil Tesser (Grammy Award winning journalist, radio host, music critic, author)

The Bowie Project Personnel:
Paul Marinaro, Vocals
John Kornegay, Alto Sax/ Clarinet/ Alto Flute
Jim Gailloreto, Tenor Sax/ Soprano Sax/ Flute
Peter Brusen, Baritone Sax/ Bass Clarinet/ Bassoon
Doug Scharf, Trumpet/FlugelHorn
Russ Phillips, Trombone
Ben Lewis, Piano
Bob Sutter, Piano
Mike Freeman, Vibes & Marimba
Doug Bistrow, Acoustic Bass
Bob Rummage, Drums/Percussion

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Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro, dubbed as having "one of the most plush baritones in Chicago – or just about anywhere else" by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, is a modern classic.

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