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Paolo Colagrossi started to play guitar in 2001, few days after the earthquake happened in mid-Italy that year. After starting to learn guitar by himself, he went to a local school where he discovered jazz and the afro-american music.

In 2007 and 2008 he joined the Young Jazz Puzzle for Europe, a project that connects young talents from all over the world to perform alongside musicians such as Pierre Vaiana (Django d’or 2009) and Tuur Floorizone.

In 2009 he moved to Rome where he obtained a scholarship to attend the diploma course at the St. Louis College of Music. Later he was admitted to the Conservatorio L. Refice in Frosinone (IT) where he graduated with the highest honors. During these years he is a guitar teacher at the Suaviter music school in Rome and collaborates with some of the finest local musicians.

In 2011 he obtained an Erasmus mobility grant to continue his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (BE). In this period he performs with his own quartet in various local clubs including the Music Village in Brussels.

In 2012 he was admitted to attend the master in jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied with J. Van Ruller, M. Van Der Grinten and M. Van Ijterson.

In 2013 he collaborated with the composer Johanna Groot Bluemink for the performance of a solo guitar piece and two pieces for orchestra at the Composers’s Festival held in Amsterdam.

In 2014 he joined the CVA Big Band directed by artists such as John Clayton (double bass player of the Count Basie orchestra ) and Justin Di Cioccio (Director of the Jazz department at the Manhattan School Of Music).

In 2015 he performed at the Amsterdamse Theater School to perform the music for the show “Eer Was Eens” curated by the composer Luca Petracca. In these years he also has the opportunity to deepen the language of jazz and improvisation by taking private lessons from Lee Konitz, Peter Bernstein and Lage Lund. He also performed with the Paolo Colagrossi Quintet, with whom he recorded his first album as a bandleader, Melodie Dal Mezzogiorno. “…. The album has a strong artistic unity and a good balance between strength and stillness. … ‘Melodie dal Mezzogiorno’ is a successful project.” Jazzflits.

In 2017 he is a guitar assistant at the Fara in Sabina jazz clinics and obtains an O1-B visa (for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts) to move to New York City where he currently lives.

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