Born in Lévis, Québec and raised in Québec City, André Lachance has been living in Vancouver for over 30 years. He began performing and recording on the Vancouver music scene in the early 90’s and has since been much in demand and a steady contributor to the city’s music and arts, playing the double-bass, guitar and electric bass. His current group, Quatuor André Lachance, has been together for 12 years. They released “The Orange Challenge” in 2017 (nominated for “best Jazz Artist at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards) and “Après L’Hiver” in 2022. He also currently performs with the Brad Turner Quartet, the Chris Gestrin Trio, the Peggy Lee Band, Tilliicum Shanti, Soulstream, the Bruno Hubert Trio and the Hard Rubber Orchestra among many others.
André has toured extensively nationally and internationally as well as recorded for various labels such as Songlines, Cellar Live, Maximum Jazz, Justin Time, Spool and for the CBC and Radio-Canada. He is often featured in a wide range of settings in acoustic and electric jazz, musique actuelle, funk, R&B and pop, Improvised Music and beyond and he has also collaborated with multiple dance and theatre companies over the years.
As a music educator, he has been on Faculty at Capilano University, teaching both basses and guitar in the Bachelor of Jazz program since 1996. He also has been on faculty at the Banff International Jazz Workshop in 2004, and has been giving workshops and clinics regularly in various high school band festivals and music camps across the country since the mid-90’s. He has also worked as a sound engineer for Radio-Canada FM in Vancouver.
As well as being a bandleader, composer and a member of longtime ensembles, as a sideman, André has often had the honour of accompanying visiting international musicians in concert performances such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Morgan, Clark Terry, Harold Mabern, Dave Douglas, Julian Arguelles, Roy McCurdy, Jon Mayer, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Gary Bartz, Geoff Keezer, Claude Ranger, Ingrid Jensen, PJ Perry, Phil Dwyer, Seamus Blake, Michael Blake, Louis Andriessen, Scott Robinson, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the NOW Orchestra with George Lewis. He also considers having been insulted onstage by comic legend Don Rickles on two occasions a career highlight as well.