Stéphane Mercier is a Belgian saxophonist who recorded six albums as a leader. After studying at Berklee College of Music in the nineties, he settles for seven years in New York City where he develops his career and signs for one of the most important jazz indie label: Fresh Sound/New Talent. The album Flor de Luna is recorded in 2000 and distributed worldwide. He moves then to Paris for two years before returning to Belgium. He currently lives in Brussels, still internationally playing with bands ranging from intimist duos to big bands.
In 2013-2014, he releases an album that includes 16 different duos plus a live album with an international sextet. Together with his father, he also starts a 300 date tour with a multi-media show about jazz history. Afterwards, he travels worlwide as an ambassador for the 200 year birthday celebration of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian creator of the saxophone.
CONCERTS & TOURS
USA: Birdland, JVC New York jazz festival, the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, the Jazz Standard, Izzy Bar, Jules, Kävehaz, S.O.B’s, Festival International de Lafayette
Europe: Midem (Cannes), in Paris: Petit Journal Montparnasse, clubs in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Sunside, Hot Brass, Divan du Monde, Cythéa, Maison de la Radio, Belgium: Botanique, Gaume and Gouvy festivals, Lundis d’Hortense, Jazz à Liège and de Werf, Travers, Grand’place podium, RTBF, Jazz Marathon, Django à Liberchies, Marcus Mingus, Jazz Jette June, Music Village, Sounds, Théâtre 140, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Fool Moon, Jazz Station, Mons en Jazz,...
Tours: Exile Society (rap), the B.Connection (contemporary jazz), the Interplay Collective (big band), Lundis d’Hortense and Jazzlab Series tours,...Brasil, Kazhakstan, Kirghistan, Qatar, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland…
Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Chris Cheek, Randy Brecker, Antonio Sanchez, Philip Catherine, Dennis Irwin, Bai Kamara Jr, Charles Loos, Guillermo Klein, Nathalie Loriers, Mango Santamaria, Bill McHenry, Aaron Goldberg, Jeanfrançois Prins, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Jeff Ballard, Adam Deitch, Matt Penman, Tony Malabi, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Francesco Bearzatti, Mauro Gargano, Vincent Bourgeyx, Ingrid Jenssens, Joe Martin, Jochen Rueckert, Stéphane Galland, Darren Beckett, Erik Vermeulen, Karl Jannuska, Eric Legnini, Vijay Iyer, Ivan Paduart, Casimir Liberski, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Peter Hertmans, Richard Rousselet, Frank Amsallem, Nic Thys, Melvin Butler, John Benitez, Kris Defoort, Chander Sardjoe, Paolo Loveri, Jacques Schwartz-bart, Avishai Cohen, Dré Pallemaerts, Mederic Collignon, Michel Herr, Bruno Castellucci...
Pôle d’Or, Belgium, sponsored by Philippe Geluck (Le Chat) as “Cultural Discovery” (2012)
Citizen Jazz, Paris, France: Mo’Avast Band wins Elu Citizen Jazz (2012)
Jazz Magazine, Paris, France: Mo’ Avast Band wins Revelation! (2011)
Midem Cannes: best jazz band “Magalon-Hermans-Mercier” (2007)
Mercier’s “Flor de Luna” proclaimed best jazz album of the year by the first Belgian newspaper: Le Soir (2001)
Down Beat 18th Annual Student Music Award as best instrumental jazz band 1995 (USA)
Achievement Award in recognition of high level instrumental proficiency, Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA, USA) (1994)
Toots Thielemans (harmonicist, guitarist)
“Stéphane Mercier is a musician in constant evolution, as a player and as a composer” (2001)
Mike Zwerin (International Herald Tribune)
“...kind of like Lee Konitz with an edge of Dolphy...good time, great sound, wonderful melodic sense and really knows how to listen”.
Asim Memon (allaboutjazz.com)
“...an emerging innovator in contemporary jazz” (2001)
François Louis (worldclass instrument maker)
“Beautiful lines with emotion and inspiration, and wonderful evolution in developing tools for expression”
Patrick Bivort (Jazz Hot)
“As always, Stéphane is voluble and lyrical, and proved more than once his technical abilities on the instrument”
Jean-Claude Vantroyen (le Soir, Dec.11)
"the saxophone of Stéphane Mercier is always bewitching"
Olivier Acosta (Citizen Jazz, Jan.12)
"Stéphane Mercier is the kind of musician who settles the argument with guns. He produces a dull sound with his alto sax, playing pretty long sentences that make sense".
Philippe Geluck (Cartoonist, Sept.12)
“A dazzling musician”
Bernard Guyot & Charles Loos “Clazzics” Cypres Records (CYP0608),2014
Mauro Gargano "Mo’Avast Band" Note Sonanti, Italy, 2011
Belgian Jazz Compilation : "Gramophone China Editor’s choice" (GCCD 0718-2),2008
Magali Souriau "Birdland Sessions" (koc-cd-8573), 1998
The Interplay Collective "Aurore" (Espace2 prod., Genève), 1996