Lex French

Lex French is a New Zealand trumpet player who is currently completing his doctoral studies in Montreal, Canada, where he is highly in demand and fast becoming a bright star on the Canadian jazz scene. He has been hailed by Radio Canada jazz critic Stanley Pean as “an extraordinary trumpeter”, and has been described as “one of New Zealand’s finest trumpeters “ by critic John Fenton. He is also an internationally sought-after composer and arranger, and has recently been commissioned to write works for jazz orchestra, jazz quartet, string quartet, and massed trombone choir. Lex has recorded or performed with international artists including Bennie Maupin, Aaron Parks, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Paul Anka, Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), Andy Bell (Erasure), Bob Mintzer, Bill Cunliffe, Eric Marienthal, Alex Sipiagin, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ryan Truesdell, James Muller, Luis Bonilla, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Clay Jenkins, Jim Pugh, Steve Houghton, Jeff Driskill, John Fedchock, Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse, Chris Cain, Bob Sheppard, Fima Ephron, Bill Ware, and Esdra 'Nenem' Ferreira. He has also released two albums as a leader: The Cut (2014) and Prevent the Future (2017). In NZ, he leads and tours with his own Quartet and Quintet, as well as performing with them at numerous national jazz festivals. He is a founding member of prog-jazz super-group The Jac, and has played with a diverse array of NZ artists

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“An extraordinary trumpeter.” – Stanley Pean, Radio Canada

“French is not a one-trick pony; he is as modern as tomorrow, but at other times, old school respectful. He can punch out high notes or swing hard bop like a Blue Note artist back in the day.  This is not a musician to pass up on.” – John Fenton, Jazz Local 32

“A trumpeter from New Zealand about whom there is a real musician buzz in Montreal.” – Sebastian Scotney, theartsdesk.com

“I trust the musician buzz in any city, and especially here; this relatively new arrival is being much talked-about.” – Peter Bacon, London Jazz News

“French [exhibits] a virtuosic control of [the] instrument, powerfully leading the band through energetic rapids or out across tranquil depths.” - Ruben Grant, radio13.co.nz



Justin Time Records


Lex French Quartet:...

Thelonious Records


Ensemble de Magnac

Self Produced


Lex French Quartet...

Wizard Tone Records


Alexis French: The Cut

Rattle Records (New Zealand)


Watching It All Slip Away

From: Genealogy
By Lex French

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