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Alexis French
Alexis French

Alexis French began playing the trumpet at the age of 12. His teachers include Charley Davis, John Taber, Jon Papenbrook, Tom Moyer and Mathew Constable, with additional lessons from John McNeil, Bill Reichenbach and Nick Van Dijk. 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 went on to win 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, playing commercial shows such as Annie, Grease, and Evita, as well as the successful Carols by Candlelight series.

In 2007, Alexis returned to Wellington to complete 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. While at the school, he held the lead trumpet chair in the NZSM Big-band, whose CD Run for Cover won the Tui for Best Jazz album in 2009. In 2010 and early 2011, Alexis worked for Royal Caribbean International, playing lead trumpet on the Barry and Fran Weissler production of Chicago – The Musical aboard the largest cruise ship in the world, 'Allure of the Seas'.

In late 2011 he returned to NZ where he appeared frequently on the national scene, notably with John Rae’s The Troubles (THE TROUBLES on Rattle Jazz), Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (THE CAPITOL SESSIONS on Independent Artists) where he played lead trumpet and was a featured soloist, The Jac (NERVE on Rattle Jazz), and Richter City Rebels (featuring Rattle artist, Adam Page). He also appeared with Head Like A Hole, Bella Kalolo, The Boptet (featuring Rattle artists Tim Hopkins, Roger Sellers, and Paul Dyne), Twinset, and Esdra ‘Nenem’ Ferreira.

Alexis plays B&S trumpets and flugelhorns exclusively.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 17:03