Friday, September 11, 2009


Drummer Paolo Lattanzi was born on September 11th, 1977 in Macerata, Italy, Paolo started soon to discover his love for music thanks to his brother’s assortment of the greatest 60’s and 70’s bands LPs and her mother’s Opera collection. He grew up listening to a variety of styles, going from Rock to Classical.

Right from the beginning he started playing with local groups and performing in small town festivals and “battle of the bands” in one of which he won the “Award for Best Drummer” (1998). He kept expanding his repertoire of styles by being part of Hard Rock, Blues and Latin bands and accumulated experiences by playing extensively in central Italy.

A landmark in his musical growth was his “discovery” of jazz and fusion; he found a link to those worlds in Pat Metheny. After listening to the first Pat Metheny Group's album Paolo started to explore more and more, finding out a growing interest in a “freer”, more expressive approach to the music. In the year 2000 he decided that in order to keep moving ahead musically he had to leave the comforts of his current life and go where he could learn more and try himself. On January 2002 he joined the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He majored in Performance and after four years of studies, on May 2005, he graduated with the honor of “Magna Cum Laude”.

While studying the drums Paolo didn’t miss the chance to learn about composition and arranging. On the contrary, he became conscious of the fact that writing music was an important source of satisfaction and another channel to express himself through music; consequently he studied advanced harmony programs dividing himself between the drums and the “staff”.
In the year 2005 he finally managed to join those two sides and formed his group with which he recorded “Night Dancers”: the first album to feature him as leader, composer and drummer. Released in late August 2006 (Silta Records).
He participated in various projects and performed in numerous Boston and New York clubs.

Paolo also broadened his musical spectrum by studying introductory courses of: Music Technology, Music Business, Piano, Vibraphone, Timpani, Afrocuban percussions, Brazilian percussions and World percussions.

Influences count drummers like: Roy Haynes, Jack deJohnette, Tony Williams, Bill Stewart, Billy Kilson, Brian Blade, Elvin Jones, Peter Erskine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John “Bonzo” Bonham and many others.

Other musical influences: Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Led Zeppelin, Avishai Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Steve Coleman and many others.

Reference - Wikipédia.

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