Gerald French

  • Gerald started playing the drums at the age of 5.
  • Gerald’s musical family lineage is almost as old as New Orleans itself. His grandfather Albert “Papa” French was the third leader of The Tuxedo Band, originated by “Papa” Celestin in 1909. His uncle, Bob French, is a talented drummer in his own right who succeeded “Papa” French as the leader of the Tuxedo Band. Gerald’s father, George French, is one of New Orleans’ premiere rhythm and blues singers and guitarists.
  • He is the current drummer for Ms. Charmaine Neville and is the co-founder and drummer of the rhythm and blues band Abstract.
  • Gerald has performed with Leroy Jones, Harry Connick, Jr., Dr. John, Dr. Michael White, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, just to name a few.
  • He also appeared on several recordings and television shows including Undercover Blues with Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quad and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Gerald has traveled around the world playing all types of music. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, and Montroux Jazz Festival.

photo: Dragan Tasic