Paolo Vinaccia

MLdrum

Senior Member
Anybody else here who knows of this totally amazing jazz drummer/percussionist? He originates from Italy, but has lived in Norway since 1979. He has played with the likes of Richard Bona, Bobby McFerrin, Palle Mikkelborg, Mike Mainieri and several ECM-musicians. In Norway (at least, if not the whole of Scandinavia or Europe) he's considered a legend. I thought I should share the more decent videos I could find on youtube so you all can enjoy his playing =)


Here with norwegian bassplayer Arild Andersen and hungarian guitarist Ferenc Snetberger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToiZEPfvqRo

Again with Ferenc Snetberger, but now with Richard Bona on bass
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJNA8Kd-Ak8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlJQEx-rkD0

With Arild Andersen and scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith along with some footage from the town they played in and themselves before the gig x-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPjgF2dutDE

And lastly footage of some more groovy playing with (all norwegians) Audun Erlien (bass), Bugge Wesseltoft (organ) and Knut Reiersrud (guitar+lead vocals). These people are all considered to be well established in the "A-league" of musicians in Norway, so to speak =)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svEtBrs9YDk
 
I have a heard a lot of records he has done but I have never seen him live though. He is an outstanding drummer with an uniqe sound and feel. I heard he got cancer a couple of years ago. I dont know the state of his health these days.
 

MLdrum

Senior Member
Luckily I have been able to see him live in action a few times. And as you said,
he has a truly unique character in his playing. Very recognisable.

He did get diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, but apparently he has been
recovering OK. But sadly, nothing is for sure. Some say it's impossible to know
how long he has left. But this is just what I have heard :s
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
I grew up listening to this guy. He was like the Norwegian Jeff Porcaro for a while. Played on everything both mainstream stuff and more adventures stuff, but always put a solid mark on everything he played on. Met him many times through friends. One of my absolute favourite musicians.

His main passion in life though is fishing. He has more fishing gear than drum equipment. lol
 
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paolojazzo

Junior Member
wow.. i did not know that people liked me so much... thanks i just came back from india with arild antommy.... fantastic experience....beautiful and high cultured people and woooow the food is amazing ... so let me know i got couple of recordings-live..nice music....let me know if you like to get the WWW.YOUSENDIT link ... about my situation...well yes you never know how things goes..... now i m playng..wow 150 % everynight... like my "last night on earth... he he...... thanks and keep up the beat....
 

paolojazzo

Junior Member
I grew up listening to this guy. He was like the Norwegian Jeff Porcaro for a while. Played on everything both mainstream stuff and more adventures stuff, but always put a solid mark on everything he played on. Met him many times through friends. One of my absolute favourite musicians.

His main passion in life though is fishing. He has more fishing gear than drum equipment. lol
THANKS*I*LOVE*IT...*AND*I*M**OUT*OF*CANCER....*HE*COULD*NOT*STAY*WITH*ME..*I*M*TOOOO*ROCK%ROLL...*HE*HE

Luckily I have been able to see him live in action a few times. And as you said,
he has a truly unique character in his playing. Very recognisable.

He did get diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, but apparently he has been
recovering OK. But sadly, nothing is for sure. Some say it's impossible to know
how long he has left. But this is just what I have heard :s
THANKS*I*M*OK....*HELTHI*AS*A*FISH....*HE*HE
 
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MLdrum

Senior Member
Very glad to hear Paolo! Looking forward to hearing and seeing you on stage in the future :)
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Hey Paolo.

I remember a long dinner with and my friend Corrado in Ålesund. I was a young guitar player then, but have since picked up the drums.

I also met you a couple of times through one of my oldest friends Petter who is just as much into fishing as you. He's pretty much given up the drums, though.

Glad to hear you're back in shape.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Paolo passed away July 5th. after fighting cancer for many years.

First time I heard Paolo was on Bendik Hofseth's IX. They recently had a reunion tour and played all the songs from that album. That was the last time I saw him play.

 
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Soulfinger

Senior Member
No! :(
Just recently discovered him via Arild Andersen´s excellent live album "In-House Science". Fabulous player, very imaginative.
 
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