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Paul van Kemenade studied at the conservatories in Tilburg and Amsterdam and started in cabarets and nightclubs. Did play in a lot of national- and international bands such as Podium Trio (Wierbos-Van Kemenade-Kuiper), the Berlin Contemporary Jazz orchestra (Ed Thigpen, Kenny Wheeler, Benny Bailey), Contraband, Vaalbleek, the Surinam Music Ensemble, his Dutch quintet and many other bands.

Van Kemenade performed with dancers, poets, painters and international big bands.Tought hundreds of workshops and played and recorded with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Cornell Rochester, David Murray, Sean Bergin, Markus Stockhausen, Niko Langenhuijsen, the Metropole Orchestra (Vince Mendoza), with the South African musicians Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi, with the West African Les Frères Guissé, with David Linx, Eric Vloeimans, Han Bennink, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Pierre Blanchard, Aki Takase, Ernst Reijseger, Ray Anderson and many others. He worked on projects with symphony orchestras, brassbands, flamenco musicans, string ensembles and renaissance vocalists.

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