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. 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.
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.
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.
Paolo Fresu has played with the following bands:
Paolo Fresu Quintet and Sextet,
Paolo Fresu-Furio di Castri Duo,
The Open Trio (with Di Castri and James Taylor),
P.A.F. (with Furio di Castri and Antonello Salis),
Paolo Fresu Euro4th,
Paolo Fresu Angel Quartet (with Nguyên Lê, Furio di Castri, Roberto Gatto and Antonello Sallis),
Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet