Cloud Six from Portland, OR is a high-energy groove jazz and funk instrumental group powered by a three piece horn section. This collective of young songwriters and soloists plays compositions submitted by every band member resulting in a diverse set of influences from Bebop and Cool Jazz to Hip-Hop, Funk and EDM. Our goal is to adapt the classic horn sextet to the digital era, telling our stories through improvisation and carefully painting sonic moods and landscapes.
Dave Kelsay started drumming in Tallahassee, FL. After years of musical study, he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Since then, Dave has performed and recorded with over sixty projects, including the track "Walking in the Rain" on the album, "Songs For a Better Tomorrow" by Parliament Funkadelic’s Danny Bedrosian. Dave works with a diverse set of groups throughout the East Coast and Northwest, and maintains a busy schedule of performance, recording, and hosting weekly music events.
Trumpeter and Composer Antonio Uribe is well educated in jazz performance and composition from private studies with Portland trumpet legends Thara Memory, Farnell Newton and Paul Mazzio in addition to studies at Portland State University. He is also a core member of Portland’s premier Mariachi Band,” Mariachi Mexico en la Piel” a busy group know to play up to seven gigs a day. Antonio has led and composed for large and small jazz groups including his modern nonet The Oddtet.
Saxophonist and composer Morgan Quinn began his career busking on the streets from San Francisco to New York, hitchhiking across the US until he joined Portland psych-rock band NIAYH(Now Is All You Have) in 2010. Since then he has composed and toured coast to coast with a diverse group of Portland-based bands including 1000 Fuegos, WORTH, Sepiatonic and March Fourth. With versatile chops he has performed with international acts like Beats Antique, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Fruition, and Jason Neville, and has recorded session work on over thirty albums varying in style from folk rock to EDM.
Trombonist James Powers is an accomplished composer known for his complex and funky modern jazz tunes and large musical vocabulary on the trombone. At only 24 years old he has already toured internationally with The Minidoka Swing Band and toured nationally with Portland freak staples March Fourth and Love Bomb Go Go. Locally he has performed in ensembles directed by jazz legends Thara Memory and Alan Jones and studied privately with Dave Williams, Derek Sims and Rufus Reid. James also leads and writes for his own jazz project The Win-tet.
Dubbed “Stonehenge” by the late great Col. Bruce Hampton, Jamie Campbell has been playing bass for over 25 years. Originally from Brooklyn, NY he built his chops playing around the Southeast and later studied with Victor Wooten, who once foolishly called Jamie a “world class bassist” Jamie was touring and recording with funk jazz fusion project Xingu in Tallahassee when he met Dave Kelsay. The rhythmic duo played many gigs in Florida before both eventually relocated to Portland.
Keyboardist Paul Paresa is one of the busiest musicians in Portland, playing everything from jazz and hip-hop to metal, gigging almost every night and teaching lessons. His versatile keyboard chops have made him an important part of the local music community, at one point a member of 12 active groups and ensembles. Paul is the recipient of several music scholarships to Portland State University and was selected by PDX Collective to perform at the famed Monterey Jazz Festival. Currently he also plays with pop/soul group Thankusomuch and funk group Sweet & Juicy.