Dave Alex - Guitar
From an early age, Dave was exposed to a wide variety of vintage 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 most significant impact on his guitar playing includes 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.
Tyler Baer - Bass, Lead Vocals
Tyler has been playing music since the age of eight years old. He started taking formal piano lessons for many years. Throughout college, he began picking up the ukulele, and guitar and finally fell in love with the bass. Tyler graduated from Emerson College with a degree in musical theatre. He’s been a part of touring theatrical productions that traveled through China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Singapore. After working and performing in New York and regionally for several years he returned home to Massachusetts. Eager to step onto the gig scene, Tyler is excited to be jamming with local musicians, playing jazz, funk, blues, and rock and roll.
John Calabrese - Drums
John started private drum lessons at 11 years old and after 52 years is still excited about playing
& learning. John grew up in Queens, NY, and earned degrees in Music Theory & Composition and Music Education from the City University of New York. John taught General Music, Instrumental Music, Chorus and Music Theory for 33 years first in New York City than in the beautiful Sullivan County Catskill region of NY.
John has been playing in bands of all genres since his teens. From small Jazz Trios to Larger
Jazz Ensembles, Concert Bands, Rock, Funk, and Pop Bands, and Pit Orchestras for Musical
Theater productions and chamber orchestras for choral concerts. John has been influenced by drum greats Max Roach, Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, and dozens of other amazing musicians. After moving to central Massachusetts in January of 2020, John has been searching for local musicians to collaborate with in a challenging but enjoyable musical project. He found just such a situation with The Ambient Sojourn band.
Kerry Miller - Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Kerry Miller is originally from Portland, OR, but moved to Worcester from Tacoma, WA. She recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound where she studied biochemistry and music and is currently working in research at the UMass Medical school.
Music has always been a part of Kerry's life; she started to sing in a choir in second grade and play guitar in fourth. In college, she studied music classically and discovered her passion for music theory, composition, and arrangement. There she sang with the Adelphians Concert choir, Voci D'Amici, and Underground Sound a cappella, competing twice in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Today she arranges music for the choir and sings with the Master Singers of Worcester.
Outside of work and music, Kerry loves to dance, swim, sew, and spend time with family and friends. Some of her favorite bands are Lawrence, Led Zeppelin, Fiona Apple, and Jacob Collier.
Horn players that sub in to create a quintet
Nichole Edgecomb - Trumpet, Lead and backing vocals - Freelance Multi-Instrumentalist, producer, instructor New England Conservatory of music Freelance.
Michael Petrishen - Sax, flute, clarinet, instructor, performer, and player over 40 years.
Hans Betancourth - Sax