Paolo Fresu

Paolo Fresu

Paolo Fresu
Background information
Born (1961-02-10) February 10, 1961
Berchidda, Sardinia
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger, producer
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn
Labels EMI, Columbia, Blue Note, RCA

Paolo Fresu (born February 10, 1961) is an Italian jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player, as well as a composer and arranger of music.


Fresu was born in Berchidda, Sardinia. He picked up the trumpet at the age of 11, and played in the band Bernardo de Muro in his home town Berchidda.[1] Fresu graduated from the Conservatory of Cagliari in 1984, in trumpet studies under Enzo Morandini, and attended the University of Musical and performing arts in Bologna.[2]

He has taught at the Siena Jazz National Seminars, as well as jazz university courses in Terni, and is the director of Nuoro Jazz Seminars in Nuoro, Italy.[3]

Fresu composes music for theatre, poem, dance, radio, television, and film.

In 2007, he recorded and toured with Carla Bley's quartet, the Lost Chords.

In 2012, his quintet performed at the Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi, India, to celebrate 10 years of the Italian Culture Centre there.[4]


Paolo Fresu has played with the following bands:


The Lost Chords find Paolo Fresu in Monaco. From left to right: Carla Bley, Paolo Fresu and Andy Sheppard

Paolo Fresu quintet and sextet

As sideman

With A Filetta and Daniele di Bonaventura

With Carla Bley

With Ralph Towner

See also


  1. Official biography
  2. Jazz Musiques Productions Paolo Fresu Retrieved on August 8, 2007
  3. Tommaso Starace Tommaso Starace Biography Retrieved on July 19, 2007
  4. "Delhiites have a date with Italian jazz quintet". The Times of India. May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
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