Alexis French

Alexis French began playing the trumpet at the age of 12. In his last year of high school Alexis formed the Bluenote Sextet with Josh Boyd and Ed Zuccollo, as well as the Rive Gauche Quartet. Both of these groups won awards for best combo at the Tauranga Jazz Festival in 2000 and 2002 respectively, with Alexis receiving the prize for best trumpet each year.

While at music school, Alexis juggled his academic schedule with numerous gigs and tours with artists such as Rodger Fox, Deva Mahal, Jonathan Crayford, The Bad Apple Orchestra, blues legend Darren Watson, NZ rock institution The Verlaines, and The Black Seeds. As well as being a sought after jazz and rock trumpet player, his reading skills and command of different styles secured him work with local and national production companies.

In 2007, Alexis completes his Honours degree in Jazz Performance. In 2008, 2009, and 2011, he held the position of Artist Teacher at the NZSM, taking Jazz Trumpet Big-Band, small ensembles, and Jazz-Rock fusion. During this time he held the lead trumpet chair in the NZSM Big-Band, and since 2012 he has regularly performed with a number of Wellington ensembles, including John Rae’s The Troubles, Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra, The Jac, and Richter City Rebels.

In 2014 he released The Cut on Rattle, an album he recorded in Montreal with a stellar line-up of Canadian musicians.