David Paquette

David Paquette (born March 25, 1950 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States) is an American jazz pianist. He has recorded more than 45 albums. Highlights of his career include touring the European jazz circuit, establishing and directing a seventeen-year running annual Jazz Festival on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island, and years as the Musical Director for Sydney Australia's Four Seasons Hotel.[1][2][3]


Paquette's first steps as a professional musical saw him playing ski resorts in Colorado in the early 1970s.

In 1984, Paquette toured as the musical director for Spike Milligan throughout Australia. Over this period Paquette travelled to New Zealand to play. Taken with the beauty of Waiheke Island, Paquette returned to New Zealand to live.

He devotes a lot of time to his Charitable Trust, the “Paquette Jazz Foundation” which supports both upcoming and existing talent through a scholarship, mentoring program and a musician’s residence retreat on Waiheke Island.

Paquette is represented by Bring It On Records based in Auckland, New Zealand.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Reid, Graham (30 June 2000). "David Paquette - The sultan of swing". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Waiheke Gulf News". Waihekegulfnews.co.nz. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "David Paquette: Jazzman for all seasons". Nzherald.co.nz. 6 April 2001. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ "David Paquette - Jazz from Auckland, NZ". ReverbNation.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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