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Paolo Vinaccia

Paolo Vinaccia was an Italian composer, jazz drummer, and percussionist who relocated permanently to Norway in 1979. He died on July 5th, 2019 after almost 10 years battling with cancer.

Amongst the many artists with whom Vinaccia has collaborated, high on the list of those with international presence include, from Norway, guitarists Terje Rypdal and Knut Reiersrud, double bassist Arild Andersen, drummer Jon Christensen, keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft and saxophonist Bendik Hofseth, along with Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith, American vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, and American cellist David Darling.

While he's less-known on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean, Vinaccia—he of the witty black T-shirts, such as “If I'm Reborn I'll Do It Again” and “Not Loud Enough”—is far from an unheard-of quantity in Europe, where he has been a part of a number of important groups, including Arild Andersen's longstanding trio with saxophonist Tommy Smith. The Italian expat/Norwegian resident has been heard on well over 100 recordings, including work in the jazz sphere with keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft on his New Conception of Jazz (Jazzland, 2009) box set, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri's boundary-breaking Northern Lights (NYC Records, 2006), and oudist Dhafer Youssef's equally genre-busting Digital Prophecy (Enja, 2003), in addition to work with pop singer/songwriter/producer Morten Harket, he of 1980s pop stars a-ha and turntablist Pål “DJ Strangefruit” Nyhus' Mungolian Jetset.

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