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Paduart, Ivan (Serge)

Paduart, Ivan (Serge), piano; b. Brussels, 20 October 1966. Pierre Paduart (father) was born on 19 May 1939. He's a psychoanalyst. Claudine Stein (mother) was born on 2 December 1938. She's a social assistant. Olivier Paduart (brother) was born on 1 March 1969, and works in the travel business.

Ivan began conventional piano lessons at the age of 10, made his first attempts at improvisation on trumpet a little later, and discovered jazz when he was 17. A masterclass with Michel Herr (then pianist with Toots Thielemans) convinced him to pursue jazz full-time. In 1988, after six months at Antwerp's jazz studio studying privately with Michel Herr (1986) and later with Erik Vermeulen (1987), as well as one year at Rotterdam's Royal Conservatory (where he studied with Rob Van Kreeveld in 1988), he joined the groups of American guitarist John Thomas, Italian trumpet player Gino Lattuca and Belgian trombone player Phil Abraham.

Work with Abraham earned him 2nd prize at 1989's "International Jazz Competition at La Defense" in Paris, and he took 1st prize at "Brussels Jazz-Rallye" the same year with Lattuca's band. That same year, with friends Vincent Mardens on saxophone, Patrick Deltenre on guitar, Benoit Vanderstraeten on bass and Mimi Verderame on drums, Ivan formed the quintet Aftertouch, to play original fusion music. From 1990 to 1992 he toured Belgium, Germany and France with his own group, France with Brasilian singer Marcia Maria, and enjoyed the experience of playing support for Bill Evans (the sax player), Didier Lockwood, Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Stern, John Scofield and many others.

His next album used Ivan's own compositional mix of straight-ahead jazz and lyrical impressionism spiced with latin influence. For this project, the trio of Paduart, Philippe Aerts (bass) and Bruno Castellucci (drums), was augmented by guest appearances from Chris Joris on percussion, guitarist Patrick Deltenre, and the Piazzola protege, jazz accordionist Richard Galliano. This repertoire earned him the 1993 Nicolas Dor prize for composition at the International Jazz Festival of Liege. Also in 1993, he toured France playing keyboards for singer Claude Nougaro (with Maurice Vander - piano; Jean-Marie Ecay - guitar; Laurent Vernerey - bass; Loic Ponthieux - drums), and recorded a fourth album.

In 1995, after tours of Italy and Canada, Ivan began a two year international stint with Toots Thielemans - and invited him to participate on the song Ecoline for his next album. From 1996 onwards, the focus becomes almost exclusively the trio format with Hans Van Oosterhout as regular drummer and a variety of different bass-players. His trio toured France, Denmark and Portugal in 1999. Belgian promoter Christian Debaere next invited Ivan to contribute arrangements for a special Belgian septet which added Steve Houben (alto), Jean-Pierre Catoul (violin) and Peter Hertmans (guitar) to a rhythm section partnering the keyboards of Nathalie Loriers with Paduart, Lievestro and Van Oosterhout. Charlie Mariano replaced Houben, and it was this band which toured Belgium during 2000 until the tragic death of violinist Jean-Pierre Catoul in a January 2001 car crash. From this point, Ivan focused back on trio, touring Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium with special guest Rick Margitza, the last sax player with Miles Davis. In 2002, Ivan worked with Rick Margitza, with UK prodigy Nigel Hitchcock, with Tim Armacost, with Toon Roos, with Fay Claassen and had dates in the US with the American Trio featuring Bob Bowman and Todd Strait.

In 2003, after having recorded a beautiful double live CD with a sextet (with Toots Thielemans as special guest on 2 tunes), he toured with a kind of "Benelux all stars" with Fay Claassen, Toon Roos, Gino Lattuca, Stefan Lievestro and Mimi Verderame. Aside from that, he'll tour with Rick Margitza, with Tierney Sutton, and with Anita Wardell.

His wife, Veronique Grobet, was born on 17 September 1965. She is a cartoon-colorist . Their son, Igor Paduart, was born December 11, 1996.

Aftertouch (1990); Papillons Bleus (1992); Turquoise (1993); Illusions Sensorielles (1993); Time Gone By (1994); Folies Douces (1995); White Nights (with Toots Theilemans) (1996); Clair Obscur (A Tribute to Fred Hersch) (1997); Belgian Suites (1998); True Stories (2000); Trio Live (2001); Still (2002); A Night at the Music Village (with Toots Thielemans) (2003)

1987 - 1st price at the Knack Trophy, Oostende
1989 - 1st price at the Jazz-Rallye,   Brussels
1989 - 2nd price Int. Jazz Competition of La Defense, Paris
1990 - 1st price Int. Competition of French Speaking Radios, Brussels
1992 - 1st price Int. Competition of Jazz Compositions, Monaco
1993 - 1st NICOLAS DOR price of composition Int. Jazz Festival, Liege

Contact information:
Website: www.ivanpaduart.com
For bookings: Frederic Viale +33 492191558  cell : +33 662731004
Private: Ivan Paduart   +32 67 780754  cell : +32 497 448534

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