Originally from Auckland New Zealand, Andre Paris has been involved with music since picking up the alto saxophone at age 9. During his school years he was a member of the Aotea Youth Symphony and Queen City Big Band, performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as winning Most Outstanding Saxophonist at the annual Tauranga jazz festival.
He then completed a bachelor of music from Massey University in Wellington, and since then has been involved with the Wellington music scene as a freelance saxophonist and itinerant teacher. He has played numerous concerts and recordings around the Wellington region and beyond, covering a wide range of music including small group jazz, big bands, dance/wedding bands, salsa, original dub/reggae groups, musicals and concert band music.
Andre is currently involved with the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Shaken Not Stirred, Soul Estate, the Wellington Jazz Orchestra, Maferefun Yemaya, Higher Ground, the Dave Feehan Band and the Bella Kalolo group. He has also performed with many of New Zealand’s top artists including John Rowles, the Yandall Sisters, Jackie Clarke, Shane Cortese, Grant Sullivan and many others.
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