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Lex French

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New Zealand-born jazz trumpet player Lex French has been described as “the leading local voice on the instrument”, making his name as both an instrumentalist and educator. He is a sought-after composer and arranger, and has recently been commissioned to write works for string quartet, jazz orchestra and massed trombone choir.

In August 2016, French relocated to Montreal, Canada, where his most recent engagements have included playing with Joel Miller’s Dream Cassette, lead trumpet for the National Jazz Orchestra of Montreal, the Christine Jensen/Lex French Quartet, the Modern Organ Quartet featuring Jim Doxas, Mark Nelsons Sympathetic Frequencies and the Lex French/Marie Fatima Duo.

French also has substantial experience in musical theatre, and has worked with international agencies Barry and Fran Weissler Productions and Really Useful Group, among others. He has released two albums as a leader: The Cut (Rattle, 2014) and Prevent The Future (Wizard Tone, 2017) featuring Australian guitarist James Muller.

Trumpeter Lex French Mixes Up a Wide Range of Musical Styles Stuff, February 12, 2016

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