During his career, Drummer/Educator Paolo Orlandi performed with some of the most influential jazz musicians on the scene, taught university-level courses on the history and aesthetic of African-American music, and lived in three continents.
After his completion of studies at the Scuola Civica with Tony Arco in Milano, Italy, Paolo moved to New York. He was in New York for more than 10 year, playing with many resident musicians. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the City College of New York and eventually taught at the City College of New York. During his time in New York he studied with Nasheet Waits, Adam Cruz, Tony Moreno and Portinho.
John Patitucci has often employed Paolo’s drumming in groups featuring John Ellis, John Coward, Gerald Clayton, Helen Sung, Gretchen Parlato, Rogerio Boccato, Dado Moroni and Myron Walden. In addition, he has also played with Anthony Wonsey, Franco Cerri, Marco Pignataro, Alessio Menconi, Dave Liebman, Mike Holober, Roberto Tarenzi, Marco Panascia, the CCNY Jazz Big Band and many others.
Paolo is also a member of the Simone Daclon trio along with bassist Marco Vaggi, and a frequent collaborator of Grammy-nominated pianist Giovanni Ceccarelli and Berlin-based saxophonist Ben Kraef.
Some of his past performance experiences has been with the Umbria Jazz Winter, the “Art After Five” series at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, the International Jazz Festival of Guatemala, Peperoncino Jazz Festival, Berchidda “Time in Jazz”, Italian Jazz Graffiti, International Jazz Day in Beirut “Beirut Speaks Jazz”, Boston WBGH-Radio, New York WBGO-Radio, CUNY Jazz Festival, Cornelia Street Cafe, 55 Bar, and many other venues in Europe, US, and the Middle East.
In 2013, Paolo moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where he is Visiting Assistant Professor in Fine Arts at the American University of Beirut.
Paolo endorses Canopus drums.