Joey Mangano | If I Only Had a Brain

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If I Only Had a Brain

by Joey Mangano

Don't bother with this uncool, un-energized, nightclub loser of a singer, because he's truly the opposite of what you just read.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Baby
2:25 album only
2. If I Only Had a Brain
4:16 album only
3. My Funny Valentine
3:33 album only
4. Alright Ok You Win
3:48 album only
5. More
3:07 album only
6. I Got the World On a String
3:02 album only
7. Volare
3:49 album only
8. For Once in My Life
3:55 album only
9. Cant Take My Eyes Off You
4:05 album only
10. It's Always You
3:13 album only
11. Thats All
3:36 album only


Album Notes
Joey Mangano

A Passion for Music

Artist interview by: Joey Mangano

You probably never heard of Joey Mangano. Hopefully, that will soon change.. I am Joey Mangano. There is no 3rd Party writing this message, you have me LIVE in my first interview with myself @ Jazzin Review.. I’ll be asking the questions and I’ll be answering them.. HERE WE GO!!

We caught up with Joey at his home in Staten Island. Thoughtful, relaxed, and down to earth.

Jazzin Review: Where did your interest in music come from? Are you from a musical family?

Joey Mangano: My dad was a singer of popular standards in the 50”s, 60’s,and 70’s . He recorded some songs for Dauphin records which made the Billboard charts in 1958. He sang as a regular at Micali’s in Brooklyn, New York. Here’s a cool story. My dad was selected for the part of Johnny Fontaine in the movie The Godfather, but the wind didn’t blow his way for the part. So yes, music was in the house sine I was a little kid.

Jazzin Review: Who would you say has been the greatest influence on you choosing music as a career?

Joey Mangano: (After some thought) Well, really I’d say Billy Joel and there is a reason for that. I read and a article about when he spoke to the Syracuse University graduates and I cut it out and kept it. He said do what you love in life. Don’t do it for security or status, prestige, money, or, for crying out loud, don’t do it for somebody else. Do it for love. Because if you love what you do, you’ll always do what you love.

And, secondly, I truly believe it’s important to have someone to support you, to stand behind you in this business. Some one who believes in you. Who will help you move forward when you might be idling or slipping into reverse. Thanks Pop.

Jazzin Review: How do you go about recording a song?

Joey Mangano: I want it be honest. To do the material justice. One element I shoot for is the emotional content.

Jazzin review: Tell me about your sound?

Joey Mangano: I’m not gonna say that I possess one of the most beautiful, lyrical voices around and my interpretive gifts are remarkable, with impeccable phrasing and a sweet mellifluous voice which rings clear. This is the stuff I read that other reviews say about other artists. You decide, the listening public, not me.. But I will say that another element of mine is that I sing for the high of story telling and that becomes my sound.

Jazzin Review: How did the song “If I only had a brain" come about? This song was from the "wizard of oz", right?

Joey Mangano: Absolutely, right. My long time friend and drummer Art Lillard introduced me to the idea and I loved it. To my knowledge it’s never been done with a jazz feel.

Jazzin Review: How do you go about recording in a studio? Do you have a plan?

Joey Mangano: Yes, I have a plan. With these recordings I choose a party scene atmosphere. I recorded with a close friend of mine who owns the recording studio and was my engineer. We had people hanging out drinking liquor, having a good time. These recording took place on Friday nights over several weeks. Whenever I felt I was ready I would record a tune, which usually was around midnight. The group of people would stop and relax and let me record , and then we would go back to partying. My plan was to nail each take on the first to third try with each recording. Some songs took me a little longer but not by much. I don’t know if I’ll use this same strategy moving forward, but it was different and definitely a lot of fun.

Jazzin Review: What’s with the statement, “Don’t bother with this un-cool, un-energized, night club loser, because he’s truly the opposite of what you just read".

Joey Mangano: I don’t know. You tell me, you wrote it..

Jazzing Review: I wrote it to be different .



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Great Stuff
Last Reviewer doesn't know jack about music. Joey Mangano knows how to take a classic and make it his own. Great Stuff. A+++++