ABOUT

 

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
Lineup:

Joshua Elcock - Trumpet

Michael Butcher - Saxophone

Alan Benzie - Keyboards

Ben MacDonald - Guitar

David Bowden - Bass + Compositions

Stephen Henderson - Drums

Additional members:

Rachel Lightbody - Vocals

Steve Forman - Percussion

‘What’s impressive… is how individual the components are and yet how perfectly they fit Bowden’s concept for the band.’ - Jazz Journal
‘a mixture of South American flair, funk with a lot of soul and a certain fusion crunch. Most surprisingly, this tasty mixture comes from Glasgow of all places.‘ - Jazzthing (Germany)

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