Paul Van Kemenade

Born: May 17, 1957    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Paul Van Kemenade

PAUL VAN KEMENADE Rotterdam / Netherlands 1957; altosax- composer- programmer- organiser

At the age of 13 and started in 1974 to study music/saxophone at the Brabants Conservatory Tilburg and the last year in 1980 in Amsterdam.

PROFESSIONAL: 1976 he started to play in a cabaretshow and in dance/nightclubs untill 1980. In 1977 he started with improvisation music and initiates own bands and projects playing his own compositions. Played in different bands suc as: Duo van Ros¬sum/van Kemenade¬, Palinckx & Palinckx, the Podium Trio, Gemeentereinigingsorkest Vaalbleek and Vaalbleek Vokaal¬ by Niko Langenhuijsen¬, Brevis, diverse bands under own name, performed with dance-projects, big bands, played with writers / performers / poets and painters, with De Orkaan¬ (Han Bennink¬and Sean Bergin), the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra by Alex Von Schlippenbach¬ (Kenny Wheeler-Ed Thig¬pen-Benny Bailey-Gerd Dudek), played with the Surinam Music Ensemble, with Japanese Aki Takase, Bizar Habit, Eric van der Westen octet, with John Engels/Jasper van 't Hof/Eric Vloeimans....
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#1984 Podium Prijs (SJIN Foundation Jazz in Netherlands) #1999 Boy Edgar Prijs (ouvre award for prof. jazzmusians) #2007 Royal decoration
#Dutch saxophonist Paul van Kemenade’s expressive alto and bluesy feel betray a likely debt to David Sanborn and Maceo Parker but might also have been distilled from Bunky Green, Johnny Hodges or Amsterdam-based saxophonist Michael Moore.His alto darts and dives luxuriously, a rainbow feathered bird of paradise riding to the stratosphere.(Michael Jackson Downbeat july 2011). Downbeat chose Van Kemenades' cd CLOSE ENOUGH (*****) as one of best cd's of 2011.

#Van Kemenade with his slightly raw, honey-and pepper sound which lends itself to both outside and more conventional repertory performance. An essential lyric player. Exquisite. (The Wire)

#Van Kemenade shows while he can play sweet, echoing even Saint Johnny “Lily Pons” Hodges himself, he can be tart and biting as well. On the closing “In a Sentimental Mood” (a video of the performance is included on the second CD), the saxophonist covers that entire range in a majestic performance.(Cadence)

Close Enough (KEMO 09, 2010)
Who is in charge? (KEMO 010, 2011)
Contemplation (DNL2010, 2010)
Two horns and a bass (KEMO 08, 2008)
No Way Station (KEMO 07, 2007)
Mexi Cosy (KEMO 06, 2006)
Fouta (KEMO 05, 2003)
Freeze! (TMD, 2001)

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Close Enough
Self Produced (2010)

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