Biography

IMG_5433Born in 1977 in Macerata, Italy, Paolo’s first musical influence comes from his brother and mother’s assortment of recordings ranging in genres from Rock to Classical.

He buys his first drum kit at age 16. A huge fan of Led Zeppelin Paolo focuses on the sound of those incredible albums and that of other rock bands from the 60s and 70s while he expands his repertoire of styles playing in hard-rock, blues and Latin-rock bands. While playing extensively in central Italy, he wins an award in 1998 for best drummer in a regional competition.

Over the years a growing attraction to a freer and more expressive approach to music leads Paolo closer to jazz. In the year 2000 he decides that in order to keep moving ahead musically he needs to leave the comforts of his current life and go where he could learn more and find new musical challenges. In 2002 he enrolls at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., majoring in performance. He graduates magna cum laude from Berklee in the spring of 2005.

Paolo’s strong interest in composition and arranging developed during his years at Berklee culminates with the recording of Night Dancers (Silta Records), featuring him as leader, composer and drummer. The recording receives great reviews from the international press and radio play in Europe and the USA.

An album full of forward-leaning compositions that are uniformly appealing and often exhilarating. … the group’s sound and modus operandi are tough to nail down – and that’s a good thing.

Philip Booth – Jazziz

In the summer of 2007, while working at a music expo in southern Italy Paolo meets the people from UFIP Cymbals and Percussions, the beginning of an enduring collaboration.

In 2009 he creates a new project called Characteristic Pitches, involving some of the best musicians in Boston. In August of the same year they record Multitude with very special guest Robin Eubanks on trombone. The album is released later in December (Silta Records SR0906) and earns international critical acclaim; a special mention in the Italian magazine “Musica Jazz” features Multitude as the Disc of the Month in its April 2010 issue.

He moves to New York City in the summer of 2011.

Paolo participated in various projects and performed extensively in Boston and New York clubs including the Skybar, the Paradise Club, the Middle East, the Samba, the C-Note, CBGB’s, the Beehive, Vernissage, Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Smalls Jazz Club, the Lily-Pad, Caffè Vivaldi, ABC No Rio, Pianos and many others.

Several of his polyrhythmic ideas are certainly quite engaging. He plays through the complexities with ease and cooks at all the right times.

David Kane – Cadence Magazine

He studied with several renowned musicians including Kenwood Dennard, Ian Froman, Mike Mangini, Ralph Peterson, Casey Scheuerell, Massimo Manzi, Bob Pilkington, Ken Cervenka, John Ramsay, Jon Hazilla and many more.

Drum Clinics with: Dave Weckl, Bill Stewart, Steve Smith, Steve Gadd and Jack DeJohnette.

Other Jazz Clinics: Dave Holland, Pat Metheny.

Paolo Lattanzi lives in New York City, where he keeps working on the development of his career and skills as a musician.

Paolo Lattanzi endorses UFIP Cymbals.