Mezcla are a Glasgow based jazz-fusion ensemble attracting attention for their soulful blend of eclectic jazz and infectious grooves. The name means ‘mixture’ and the band fuse a broad range of influences from jazz, funk, rock and world music into one voice. The Mezcla sound is distinguished by uplifting melodies, shimmering textures, and visceral improvisation.
Led by David Bowden (BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017), the line-up features some of the best of Glasgow’s vibrant young jazz scene. Performance highlights have included BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, Belladrum Festival, Celtic Connections and London Jazz Festival.
In February 2020 the band released their debut album ‘Shoot the Moon’ on Ubuntu records to critical acclaim. The album represents the culmination of almost three years of gigging and growth as a band and was followed by ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Album’ nominations at the Scottish Jazz Awards. The album also made the SAY Award longlist for the top 20 albums in Scotland across all genres.
"One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish Jazz Scene at the moment" - BBC Radio Scotland
"Gleefully combining African, Latin American and even Scottish influences with exuberant energy" - The Scotsman
Mezcla set a high standard with assured musicianship, a superbly grooving rhythm section and easily appreciated tunes" - The Times
"Fresh and vibrant... really uplifting jazz with world music flavours" - BBC Radio 3
Joshua Elcock - Trumpet
Michael Butcher - Saxophone
Alan Benzie - Keyboards
Ben MacDonald - Guitar
David Bowden - Bass + Compositions
Stephen Henderson - Drums
Rachel Lightbody - Vocals
Steve Forman - Percussion