Dave Alex (Guitar)
From an early age, Dave was exposed to a wide variety of classic music. He first picked up the guitar while in his early teens, and hasn't put it down since! A privately and self-taught musician, Dave has been developing his skills in performance, collaboration, production and composition of a wide array of musical genres, including everything from classic rock and heavy metal, to jazz, folk and blues. For over 25 years, Dave has been performing throughout New England, sharing the stage with such notable acts as Kid Rock, Godsmack, Candlebox and Powerman 5000. Dave is influenced by a wide variety of music, and musicians; the core group of artists having the largest impact on his guitar playing include innovators such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, Blues masters such as BB King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn; and jazz greats including Pat Metheny. In August of 2016, Dave was pursuing the formation of an inventive & improvisational group. Its essence would infuse a plethora of musical approaches and be coupled with premium local talent to be entitled The Ambient Sojourn Band. Dave injects his creative aptitude into all aspects of Ambient Sojourn including leading the group, writing, sound engineering, scheduling, booking, musical direction, marketing, graphic & web design, audio & film recording, editing as well as production.
You can hear a few examples of Dave's past work at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFQaxLPfFP0 Fusion Junction
https://youtu.be/pr5UOAR37To - Ambient when instrumental only
https://www.reverbnation.com/AmbientSojourn when instrumental only
From my old metal days with band Shortfuse
Kris Koch (Drums)
Having played professionally for 25 years, Kris adds his style which has been influenced by such players as Chick Corea, Keith Jarret, Steely Dan, to Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. He is looking forward to this venture to have an opportunity to create some unique auditory art with some of the best players in New England.
Josh Powers (Bass)
Josh started like many, in garage bands in high school. He was turned onto jazz fusion in the mid 70's, falling in love with music of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Yes, and Weather Report. He began playing fretless bass after hearing Jaco in '76 and began the journey that brought him to where he is today, focused on multi-genre fusion with complex harmonic/melodic construction.
Pete Wise (Percussion, Vocals)
Pete has been hitting the pigskins since 6th grade when his grandfather taught him how to do double stroke rolls on a pillow. His best friends brother taught him some Afro Cuban rhythms on the conga in highschool and the rest is history. Playing in bands throughout high school and college, Pete developed his wide variety of musical tastes. Most recently, Pete got his lifetime achievement award (lol) sitting in with The Peacheaters, an allman brothers band experience . Playing with the Ambient sojourn band is a pleasure due to the variety in genres and grooving with like minded musicians.
Carl Roberts (Harmonica)
Started on his musical journey playing drums at an early age after listening to the Beatles, and then began playing harmonica at age 15 after listening to Paul Butterfield, Little Walter and Corky Siegel. He played drums in various bands in Arizona and Massachusetts over the years, and in recent years has concentrated on his harmonica, currently playing with the groups Ambient Sojourn and Chronic Vibe, as well as songwriting and recording.
Mike Petrishen (Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute and Violin special guest) Mike started on clarinet in the 4th grade and added sax and flute in high school. After graduating college with a Math degree he did some traveling with a band that required him to double on violin. He settled down as a software engineer and continued his music on the weekends.
He has played with wedding bands, big 17 piece jazz bands and small jazz ensembles over his 40+ years of musical experience.
Mike shares his knowledge of music with students at the Tewksbury Music store in Middlesex county Ma.
Renee Legendre (Lead Vocals)
A vocalist who has a sincere passion for the lyrics and the meaning that they hold- Renee Legendre is a classically trained singer who holds experience in a variety of genres from Jazz standards and Cabaret to Liturgical and Sacred music. Renee also enjoys her work as a vocal coach and marvels in the accomplishments her students have made.
"I feel extremely blessed to be able to share the gifts that have been so freely given to me. My hope is that all children and adults embrace their own gifts, for it is the key to living a truly fulfilling life."
Here is a clip of her at Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA
Check out her website at www.reneelegendre.com
Chris Lazzaro (Lyricist & Poet)
Chris was first introduced to poetry and greats such as Kay Ryan, Poe and Hemingway as a child. Early on he became interested in integrating his work into a plethora of musical styles. During his teens, a dear friend passed away and Chris channeled his emotions into writing as a way to cope with his feelings. This initial strategy developed into and solidified his passion to prolifically write. Chris expanded his compositions to explore a vast array of human experiences. In his own words, Chris says “Each poem is its own puzzle, for myself and the reader to figure out.” Chris is excited to collaborate with Ambient Sojourn, to ignite the emotions in each written work, awakening them into the form of music.
Greg Cambio (saxophones/ special guest) Born in Providence, RI. Greg plays, alto, tenor and soprano saxophones and percussion for over 35 years. After having attended Berklee & Rhode Island college of music education, greg traveled the us extensively and performed with many acts including Steve Anthoney and Broadway, Bit and Pieces, Satin Sounds, Easy, the Greg Charles quartet, Ladies Choice, Spice of Life, Soundsations, Steve Smith and the Nakeds, Rock-n-Soul horns, Guilty Pleasure, the Shakers and Soul Ambition. Greg performs in the Fat City Band, Guilty Pleasure and Hey 19 a tribute to Steely Dan. Greg has shared the stage with many established artists including: Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, J. Geils, John Cafferty and Beaver Brown, Crystal Gayle and the legendary Gene Pitney.
Morgan Scott (Keys / guitar /Special Guest) multi-keyboardist, composer, Berklee grad, music educator, solo jazz piano and trios in the boston and metro area. HA co-founder. Often heard at the Langham Hotel.
Doug Lang (Sax, Clarinet, Flute / Special Guest) Masters of Music-Degree in Saxophone, Hartt School Of Music Played in Orchestra New England, Tommy Dorsey Band, Shows at the Bushnell in Hartford, Pat Dorn Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Willmantic Orchestra, Shows at Ucon and University of Hartford, Street Temperature, Motown Review.
Kevin Aucoin (Special Guest-Sax)
Soprano/Alto/ Tenor Sax Plaver with over 33 years of playing experience been on the New England circuit since 1982. I am a saxophonist, composer, that have made myself an in-demand musician leading to performances at jazz clubs, jazz festivals, concert halls all over the East coast Berklee School of music Grad and teacher. Play all styles great chops and soloist.
Robert Rivera (Special Guest- Bass)
Robert Rivera began studying cello at age seven. He holds a diploma from the Mannes School of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Certificate of Performance from Moscow Conservatory. Robert has played extensively throughout the US and Europe; he has also been an orchestral member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Brookline Symphony, Longwood Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Norwood Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Symphony, Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra and the Fabric Musik Ensemble of Stuttgart in Germany.
Currently, Robert is a freelance bassist/ cellist in the Boston and New York areas, working in genres such as classical and jazz. He is also the Music Director at the Langham Boston Hotel, a position he has held for the past eight years.
He was the winner of Best Original Score for the film “Sympathetic Details,” in the Almost Famous International Film Festival of 2008, in collaboration with Benjamin Keddy. He also appeared in a WGBH segment on Art in Bloom with poet Reggie Gibson in June 2004, and, in February 2003, received mention from the Boston Herald: “cellist Robert Rivera stays in motion, it’s a rush.”
Robert believes that students must have a good classical foundation of the cello, and emphasizes the importance of music theory in all of his lessons. His personal teaching philosophy is to give students cello instruction that can be transmitted to any genre of music, and in such a way that all of his students can create their own compositions as well. He also believes it is important for his students to have fun while learning cello.
Bogart (Band Mascot Yellow Parrot)
You'll find Bogart hanging out on all upcoming event flyers. The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), also known as the ring-necked parakeet, is a medium-sized parrot in the genus Psittacula of the family Psittacidae that has a very wide range. The rose-ringed parakeet is sexually dimorphic. The adult male sports a red and black neck ring and the hen and immature birds of both sexes either show no neck rings, or display shadow-like pale to dark grey neck rings. Both sexes have a distinctive green colour. Rose-ringed parakeets measure on average 40 cm (16 in) in length, including the tail feathers, a large portion of their total length. Their average single-wing length is about 15 to 17.5 cm (5.9 to 6.9 in). In the wild, this is a noisy species with an unmistakable squawking call, and captive individuals can be taught to speak. It is herbivorous and not migratory. One of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitats, it has withstood the onslaught of urbanisation and deforestation. As a popular pet species, escaped birds have colonised a number of cities around the world, including Northern and Western Europe. Since the population appears to be increasing, the species was evaluated as being of least concern by the IUCN in 2012, but its popularity as a pet and unpopularity with farmers have reduced its numbers in some parts of its native range.