Clyde Kelly - keyboards
Craig Solenberger - saxophones
Dave Gill - percussion
Scott Carson - basses
Steve Harris - guitars
The Urban Sherpas was started with a vision to play original music with an emphasis on groove and melody. Initially, the band explored bossa and samba influences, with original member Dave Gill holding down the groove at the drum kit. As band personnel changed over the years, the Sherpa musical horizon has expanded.
Guitarist Steve Harris’ rock background gave the band a melodic edge, while keyboardist Clyde Kelly’s jazz influences enhanced the group’s versatility. The additions of saxophonist Craig Solenberger (soprano, alto and tenor saxophones) and the newest Sherpa, fretless bassist Scott Carson has continued the further evolution of the the Sherpa sound, which we call groove/acid jazz.
In addition to continually refining their original music, the band interprets songs including work by Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, John Lennon, and Thelonius Monk. Beyond the satisfaction they get in creating their music together, they also enjoy participating in the music at their 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.