Gerald French is from one of the pioneering families of New Orleans Traditional Jazz. For the passed 15 years, he has been the drummer for Ms. Charmaine Neville, the Darlin of New Orleans and has been the drummer for the Dixie Cups for the pass two years and counting. In November of 2004, he was given the opportunity to joint Harry Connick Jr. Big Band. Mr. French is a graduate of Alcee Foriter Senior High School, Delgado Community College of New Orleans and attended Southern University of Baton Rouge where he played in the band. He was the percussion teacher at St. Mary's Academy and serviced as the Assistant Band Director.
Mr. French has traveled and performed with several musicians such as: Leroy Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Dr. Michael White, Lillan Boutte, Jermy Davenport, Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias, Preservation Hall Jazz Band just to name a few. He has appeared on several recordings and television shows such as: Fulton Street Live with Ingrid Lucia and George French, Leroy Jones; Prop's for Pop's, Ingrid Lucia; Fortune, Almost Blue and Don't Stop, Big Al Carson; Bring Your Drinking Ass Home, Craig Klein; Trombonism, Cubamismo's; Mardi Gras Mambo, and Leroy Jones; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Today Show with Harry Connick Jr.. For the passed twenty years, he has traveled to Japan with the New Orleans All-stars in the month of August.
Mr. French is known as "The Giant" for his own original style of drumming and because of that, he has traveled around the world playing all types of music. He has appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine in the October 1996 issue. French has performed at several festivals including New Orleans French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Ascona New Orleans and Classics Jazz Festival in Ascona, Switzerland, North Sea Jazz Festival, Festival International De Jazz De Montreal, Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Montana Jazz; Waiheke Island in New Zealand and Montroux Jazz Festival. Mr. French as been an endorsee of Sabian Cymbals for the passed five years. On September 19, 2008, Gerald was given an endorsement from Taye Drums. He is currently working with The Joe Ashlar Organ Trio, Fritzel’s Jazz Band, his own original bands Abstract and Déjà vu. In December 2011 Gerald was passed the touché of band leader of the oldest jazz band The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band.