Clyde Kelly - keyboards
Craig Solenberger - saxophones
Dave Gill - percussion
Scott Carson - basses
Steve Harris - guitars
The Urban Sherpas formed in the early 2000s with a vision to play original music with an emphasis on groove and melody. In the beginning, our music explored bossa and samba influences, with original member Dave Gill - who started playing drums in his early teens and who has played in many Davis-based groups - holding down the groove at the drum kit. As band personnel changed over the years, the Sherpa sound has reflected the personalities and musical influences of the new members.
Guitarist Steve Harris, who first picked up the guitar at the tender age of 8, and was gigging in Bay Area rock bands in his teens, gives the band a melodic but driving edge... always tastefully blending his fire and ice, often within the same song. Keyboardist Clyde Kelly grew up in a musical family with diverse musical interests - giving him a background of classical, early rock and jazz influences that color his style and the compositions he writes for the band.
An experienced session musician who has played in a wide variety of bands, saxophonist Craig Solenberger adds a pallet of soprano, alto and tenor saxophones to the Sherpa sound, with roots in the cool jazz movement of the 50s and 60s. Bassist Scott Carson, who grew up listening to prog rock, but discovered jazz band when he was 14, switched from guitar to bass in middle age - finding his natural instrument in the process - adds a new dimension on our bottom end on fretless bass.
In addition to continually refining their original music, our band interprets songs including work by Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, John Lennon, and Thelonius Monk. Beyond the satisfaction we get in creating music together, we also enjoy participating in the music of the Sacramento jazz community and at our local churches in Davis, Woodland and Sacramento, CA. The band has come together often to lead worship at various churches in the area. The band currently splits their time between writing new material, performing, and recording. And practicing in pursuit of the perfect...