Paolo Adamo (Gubbio, 19 March 1992, Italy) is an Italian, Bristol based jazz drummer and session musician.
Paolo grew up in a tiny village in the Italian region of Molise called Mirabello Sannitico. Being raised in a musical environment, he soon showed interest in music early in the childhood, and paricularly, a very profound love to the drums. His parents, caught by this, bought him his first ever drum kit at the age of 4. That was beginning of his adventure. Playing along and listening the music of one of his favourite drummers, Phil Collins', he taught himself how to play. Soon after he turned 10, his father exposed him to Jazz music and began listening to John Coltrane, Miles Davies, Elvin Jones, Joshua Redman and Brian Blade. He signed him up at the“Thelonious Monk Jazz Accademy” of Campobasso where he attended for 9 years. Along these years he’s been followed by different drum tutors such as Donato Cimaglia, Antonio Conte and Alberto Romano. He's been selected for 6 consecutive years to attend the JazzPuzzle, a seminary that used to take part in the city of Mouscron, Belgium. There he met and worked with many musicians from all over Europe. Shortly after he turned 19, since he has always been an adventurous type of person, decided to relocate himself to follow his dream of being a musician, and in the 2012 he moved to Bristol. From then through today's days, he studied and played with most of the master musicians living in the UK including Andy Sheppard, Jake McMurchie, John Law, John-Paul Gard, Ben Thomas, Lee Godhall, as well as Chad Lefkowitz-Brown from NYC and John Dalton from L.A. and he's currently in high demand for his jazz drumming. People who performed with him describe his playing as musical, energetic and colourful.
While continuing to work as a session musician, he's currently a member of the Bristol pan African band Mankala, and many other projects such as TukTuk, BEJE, Aeddan Williams band.
Paolo is also a drum tutor, working in primary, secondary schools and privately.