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 started studying the piano at the age of 6.He studied Western Classical Music for 12 years and gave numerous recitals, which included solo piano recitals and the performances of many piano concertos with A’telier de Musique under the conducting of Abraham Mazumdar.
Pradyumna studied North Indian Classical music for three years. He studied tabla under Ustad Sabir Khan of the Farrukhabad Gharana and vocal music under Kumar Mukherjee and Ustad Raza Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana.Pradyumna 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, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram, Ustad Taufique Quereshi, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Pandit Gopal Burman, Pandit Jyoti Guho, Pandit Vaidyanath Suresh, Pandit Satish Kumar, Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Arif Khan, and Rishabh Dhar.
He has worked with many dancers across different dance forms such as ballerinas Leah Curtis and Emily McLoughlin for whom he composed the score for their modern dance performance called “Memory Space’’. He has toured and performed with the internationally renowned tap dancer Jason Samuel Smith and illustrious kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das.
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 empanelled with India Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and represented India in the Panama Jazz festival 2018 and performed at the prestigious Danilo Perez Jazz Club in Panama. Pradyumna 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