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Paolo Pellegatti
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: La Drummeria
  • Country: Italy

Paolo Pellegatti was born in Milan on May 22, in 1957. His very first formation comes from the teachings of Enrico Lucchini, Joe Hunt and Ed Kaspick, but subsequently he also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His career as a professional performer began at the club “Il Capolinea” in Milan, with the collaboration of Mario Rusca, Luigi Bonafede, Guido Manusardi, and Claudio Fasoli. He took part in many festivals in Milan, Lugano, Pescara.

He had joined Franco Cerri’s quartet from 1979 to 1981, and four years later he started a long collaboration with Cerri and Enrico Intra that would last until 1996. Meanwhile (from 1982 to 1986), he had collaborated with other Italian famous artists like E. Rava, M. Urbani, and G. Gaslini. He became leader of many groups, and he performed in International festivals in Perugia (Umbria Jazz), Rome (Villa Cerimontana), Milan, Venice, Padua (with Monk Institute USA), Palermo, Alassio, Pesaro, Turin, Laigueglia (PercFest) etc.

He built up some original artistic projects such as “Kind of Blues,” a musical itinerary based on all the other styles of blues, “SNARE” and “Musical and Ritmical Ensemble.” This last one was created thanks to the help of Paolo’s best apprentices.

From 1997 he had (to lead) and regrouped many music formations ( Quintetto – Big Band – Gospel Choir – Vocal and Saxophone Summit) under the name of NATURA MEDITERRANEA, with the presence of various international guests. In 1981 he began to teach at Piccolo Conservatorio Nuova Milano Musica, then at Scuola Veneziana, at Centro Jazz di Torino, and at Civici corsi di Jazz di Milano. Finally, he created a center based on a wide knowledge and application of rhythm that made him seat many conferences in several Italian cities.

He founded his music institute in Cusano Milanino (Milan), which now has about four hundred participants every year. In 1999 he wrote his book of rhytmical and melodic solfeggio I Suoni e I Ritmi della Musica, which is the concrete achievement of his long career. 2000 was the year of formation of the most talented Italian drum-band, la DRUMMERIA, with Ellade Bandini, Walter Calloni, Maxx Furian and Christian Meyer. He also collaborated with Sinfonica della RAI di Torino and with Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo. He even took part in "Shakespeare-Ellington," with Giorgio Albertazzi and Elisabetta Pozzi and thanks to the music support of Giorgio Gaslini’s Orchestra, with his own compositions and improvisations on the background of two 20’s and 30’s masterpieces: "Nosferatu” and “Metropolis.”

He has held a large number of concerts all over the world, more precisely in Bulgaria, Ex Yugoslavia, Hungary, Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Sudan, Angola, Lebanon, Giordania, Holland, Jamaica, Caribbean (St. Thomas – Antigua – Santo Domingo). He has often performed in the USA: Boston in 1978-79, New York (Jazz Forum) in 1981, North Carolina (Duke University) in 1989 e in 1998, in New York (Town Hall) in 1994 – 1998 – 1999 – 2000.

In 2008 he went back to the U.K. and performed in London (Royal Albert Hall:Jazz Cafè Brunch), Birmingham (Simphony Hall Foyer), Nottingham, Cornowall, Swansea (Galles).

He’s been the music director of many events such as: LUCCHINI DAY (La Lunga Notte della Batteria), RASSEGNE DI MUSICA GOSPEL e CONCORSI NAZIONALI. Besides his Cultural Association “Nel Centro della Musica," he co-operates with some projects of the European Union for a direct action of help and teaching in Third-world countries as Angola, Ethiopia, Bosnia and Kenya.

In 2007, with the support of his friend and colleague Mario Riso, he creates ROCK TV SCHOOL, the first great rock school in Italy thanks to the collaboration of Rock TV television channel.

He's also written more than fifty albums and collaborated with many other artists: Harry Edison, Pat La Barbera, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Roland Prince, Ray Anderson, Billy Harper, Bob Berg, Cecil Bridgewater, Art Farmer, Bob Broom Jr., Billy Pierce, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Owens, Curtis Fuller, Ronnie Cuber, Ed Shuller, Sal Nistico, Tony Scott, Mike Melillo, Joe Newman, Clifford Jordan, Pepper Adams, Gary Smulyan, Lee Konitz, Lew Tabackin, John Surman, Gary Bartz, Cameron Brown, Steve Grossman, Barney Kessel, Eddie Henderson, Paul Jeffrey, Walter Davis Jr., Charles Tolliver, and Carl Anderson.

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