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Van Kemenade, Paul

Van Kemenade, Paul, alto saxophone; b. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1957.

He started his musical career at the age of 13 by studying saxophone and in 1974 he started to study music at the Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

His professional career began in 1976 by starting own bands, playing his compositions. He worked also as a sideman in a lot of groups and played in several duo's, trio's, quartets and quintets as well as in big bands, e.g. "The Band", duo van Ros-sum/van Kemenade, "Ed de Vos Prisma Orkest", "Palinckx & Palinckx", "Gemeentereinigingsorkest Vaalbleek" and "Vaalbleek Vokaal" by Niko Langenhuijsen, "Brevis", groups under own name: trio/quartet/quintet/sextet, several dance-projects, big bands, several projects with performers, poets and painters, "de Orkaan", with Bennink-, Glerum, Mengelberg-/Kuhne, Wierbos and Bergin, "The Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra", by Alexander von Schlippenbach with a.o. Kenny Wheeler, Ed Thigpen, Benny Bailey, Gerd Dudek, "The Surinam Music Ensemble", a duo with Aki Takase, "Bizar Habit", Eric van der Westen octet, was asked by Herman de Wit for a guest co-leadership with Herman for 2 years of the workshoporchestra "de Boven-toon" and played in a lot of ad hoc ensembles.

During 20 years ('79 - '99) he taught over hundreds of workshops throughout the country and for 5 years he conducted his workshop orchestra the "Brabants Leerorkest. He had a sextet for a few years and works in 1998, 15 years with his own quintet which performed with brass bands, pop groups and different guest musicians from all around the world. At the time he is playing in the Paul van Kemenade quintet; projects with a windband, a symphony orchestra, a pop group and South-African musicians Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi and Louis Mhlanga; the VanDoorn trio (with vocalist Ineke van Doorn); the Contraband; the Duo with flamenco guitarist Maurice Leenaars; the Podium Trio; occasionally with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Cornell Rochester; and occasionally with the 1-2-3-4 quartet with Christoph Haberer, Matthias Nadol-ny and Gunnar Plumer, the a quintet with John Engels/Jasper van 't Hof/Eric Vloeimans and Eric van der Westen, the Trio Palinckx/van Kemena-de/Palinckx (P/K/P); and with Peter Hofland (electronic music), Buddha Building (sampling performer), a duo with pianist Jeroen van Vliet, a trio with Vloei-mans/van der Westen and as a soloist in several groups. He has played all throughout Europe, Canada, South-Africa, West-Africa, Indonesia and participated in over 45 LP's and CD's. He has worked with a.o. Alexander von Schlippenbach, Aki Takase, Ed Thigpen, Cecil Mcbee, Benny Bailey, Gerd Du-dek, R-ob van den Broek, Heinz Becker, Kenny Whee-ler, Manfred Zepf, T-ho-mas Heberer, Christoph Haberer, Conny and Johannes Bau-er, Joe Sach-se, Han Bennink, Willem Breu-ker, Mis-ha Mengel-berg, Niko Langenhuijsen, Sean Bergin, Louis Moho-lo, Zim Ngqawa-na, Feya Faku, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, -Cornell Roche-ster, Theo Jorgens-mann, Eckard Koltermann, -Piet Noor-dijk, Hans Dul-fer, Ernst Ludwig Petrovski, -Kelvyn Bell, R-ai-ner Winterschla-den, Stefan Bauer, Michael Heupel, David Murray, George Lewis, Jasper van't Hof, Jo-hn Engels, Pierre Cour-bois, Willem Kuhne, D-re Palle-maerts, Erwin Vann, Philip Catherine, Pablo Na-har, Franky Dou-glas, Eddy Veldman, George Lewis, Louis Mhlanga, Toon de Gouw, Leo Cuijpers, Sydney Mnisi, the Metropole Orchestra, Brabants Orkest a.o.

He still teaches guest workshops and is living in Tilburg since 1974. For 7 years he was programmer of the jazzseries at the 'Theatre Festival Boulevard' in Den Bosch and since 1993 programmer and artistic leader of the 'Stranger than Pa-ra..noia' festival in 'Paradox' in Tilburg.

Jazz Hoeilaart (1979); Jazz Meeting Tilburg (1979); Vaalbleek Cleansing Department Orchestra (1980); Duo van Rossum/van Kemenade (1981); Call (1984); Hot Koko (1985);
Trio Wierbos/van Kemenade/Kuiper: Live in Montreal (1986); Missacity (1990); Trio Wierbos/van Kemenade/Kuiper (Podium Trio): Take one (1992); Mo's Mood (1994);
The Dutch Jazz Connection (1995); live (except) Just for the occasion (1996); Verzamel (1997); Live in Sweden (1997); 25 Jaar Jazz in Duketown (1998); Zvinoshamisa (1999);
To Be Continued... (2000); A Night in Indonesia (2001); Metropole Orchestra featuring Paul van Kemenade: Freeze! (2001); Miniatures (2002);
As sideperson:
Prisma Orkest: Est,Est!,Est!! (1982); Vaalbleek: Doka Bonga (1983); Palinckx & Palinckx: Maartse Buien (1984); Vaalbleek Vokaal: Caoutchouc (1985); Contraband: Live at the Bimhuis (1988); Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (1989); Contraband: Ruyter Suyte (1991); Eric van der Westen octet: The working dreamer (1993); Surinam Music Ensemble (1993);
Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Cornell Rochester meet the Podium Trio: Live in Koln (1994); Christoph Haberer: Pulsation (1984); Contraband Willem van Manen: Boy Edgar Suite (1994);
The Podium Trio with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Cornell  Roche-ster (1996); Pro Jazz Dortmund sampler vol.1 (1997); Maurice Leenaars quintet: Live at Paradox (1998);
Eric van der Westen: Diepkloof (1998); Contraband: Hittit (1998); Podium Trio: Live at the concertgebouw (1998);  Pierre Courbois Double Quintet (2000);
Peter Hofland: The Odys-see/The Industrial Age (2000), Cinema Sonore/20.000 thousand leagues under the seas (2000); Contraband: Pale Fire (2001); Van Doorn: Uncovered (2001)

1984 he received the "Podium Prijs" of the S.J.I-.N-., -the Dutch Jazz Foundation.
1998 he received the 'Jazz in Duketown Award 1998'
September 1999 the "Moderne Industriestad Prijs Tilburg-"
January 2000 the "VPRO/B-oy Edgar Prijs",- an important award in the Netherlands for professional jazz musicians for their contribution to Dutch jazzmusic.

Vuijsje, Bert; in Erik van den Berg and Bert Vuijsje, eds., Jazzjaarboek 4 (Amsterdam, 1985)

Contact information:
Paul van Kemenade
Stg. Paul van Kemenade Quintet
Enschotsestraat 262
5014 DL Tilburg
the Netherlands
0031 13 5365656 tel
0031 13 5811850 fax

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