Following the release of their self-titled album in June this year, jazz quartet Mercury are set to take to the road for the final three months of 2013. Hitting major cities across the UK, the four piece are looking to expand on their growing reputation as one of the most diverse jazz acts on the circuit.
With four members who each bring a different range of influences to the table, the sound of the band pushes the genre boundaries more than the usual jazz quartet. Elements of pop, grunge, dubstep and even drum and bass are included to make sure Mercury’s tracks remain versatile while maintaining a solid jazz foundation.
News of their live dates is hotly anticipated by those in the know, as their live set packs quite a punch. So much so that, having only played a couple of decent club gigs, the foursome were invited to play at Manchester Jazz festival. Following their set, representatives from the notorious London jazz venue King’s Place were waiting for them backstage, interested in immediately booking them to play the same stage as countless international acts.
The rest of the tour has been built around that date, and will see them take in cities from their native Manchester all the way to Jersey.
31/10 – RNCM, Manchester. (Double Bill/Support gig) Empirical + Mercury
21/11 – The Big Easy, Birmingham
23/11 – Zeffireli’s, Ambleside
05/12 – St James’ Vaults, Bath
06/12 – Colston Hall, Bristol
14/12 – King’s Place, London
18/12 – Benjamin Meakes Theatre (Jersey Arts Centre), St Hellier, Jersey
In the meantime, have a watch of their live performance of ‘Quicksilver’ taken from their self-titled album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6uXkOEcV6M