The panel were impressed by Bowden’s versatility, sincerity and ability to connect to his audience through music.
— Jazz From Scotland

David Bowden is an award-winning bass player and composer based in Glasgow, working primarily in the field of jazz and contemporary improvised music. 

Originally from London, David moved to Glasgow in 2011 to study on the Jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with first class honours and the 2015 Yamaha Jazz Scholarship award. He has also spent time studying abroad in Amsterdam and Ghana. In February, David became BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017 and has led ensembles at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz festival and London Jazz Festival.

David specialises in writing genre-spanning instrumental music for bespoke ensembles. His main musical focus currently is leading the acclaimed world/jazz fusion ensemble ‘Mezcla’. David composes all of the music for Mezcla, much of which is influenced by his time studying music in Ghana, and the band have performed at London Jazz Festival, BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend and various other festivals.

David is a co-leader of the contemporary jazz quartet ‘Square One’ described as a ‘powerhouse of Scottish Jazz talent’ by BBC Radio Scotland. The band won the Peter Whittingham award 2015 and released their debut album to critical acclaim followed by a tour of the UK and Poland. David is also a founding member of the Fergus McCreadie Trio and is an in-demand sideman, having performed with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Fat-Suit, Dosca and the Enrico Zanisi Trio, to name a few. Recent performance highlights have included festivals across the UK as well as performances in Norway, Australia, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Belgium, Holland and Zambia. 

David is also active as an educator, working regularly for Glasgow Council’s Instrumental Service teaching Lower Strings in a variety of projects. He has also worked with RCS Musicworks, SYJO, Fife Council and Sistema Scotland and as a 2016 National Youth Jazz Collective Ambassador.