Pradyumna Singh Manot
Pradyumna Singh Manot a.k.a. Paddy, is a fiery Latin Jazz pianist, composer and music educator from India. He is Founder, Director of Music Studies, Prime Mentor and Head of Departments of Piano, Jazz and Blues at 12 KEYS. He studied Western Classical Music for 12 years and gave numerous recitals.
He started studying the piano at the age of 6. Pradyumna started his journey in the study of Jazz music at the age of 18 and at 24 became a student of the late Madhav Chari for 8 years. He has since performed extensively with popular blues, jazz and latin ensembles such as Saturday Night Blues Band, Los Amigos, The Latination and Jazzeando. He is the founder and leader of the Latin ensemble Los Gatos, Poco Loco and Jazz ensemble - 4 on a Swing, which has been empaneled with India Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and represented India in the Panama Jazz festival 2018.
Paddy has extensively toured as a jazz pianist and performed at various concert halls, venues, jazz clubs and prestigious national and international festivals (Java Jazz Festival 2011, Nagaland Piano Festival 2017, NCPA Jazz Festival 2017, ICCR Delhi International Jazz festival, Magnetic Fields Festival 2017 and 2018, Giants of Jazz Festival 2017, Panama Jazz Festival 2018, Pune Jazz Festival 2018 etc. ) He has performed with American Jazz Singers Clare Michaud, Megan Powers, Canadian Trombonist Alistair Kay (who played for Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra), bassist Steve Zerlin and many others.
Paddy has also studied North Indian Classical music for three years and has given many concerts with Indian music doyens such as Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Sabir Khan.