Bender Brass Band
Jimmy Carpenter - Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter/Arranger Jimmy Carpenter, is one of the hardest working musicians in the business. He has toured the world with blues greats Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Eric Lindell, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and Mike Zito. Before moving to Las Vegas in 2016, he was a staple on the New Orleans music scene, working for years with Walter Washington as bandleader and arranger, and contributed horn arrangements to many Nola recordings, including Eric Lindell, Honey Island Swamp Band, Billy Iuso, and more. Jimmy also has a strong solo career, with 4 solo albums since 2008. His latest, Soul Doctor (2019), on Gulf Coast Records, is getting rave reviews and is currently on the blues radio charts. He has been with the Bender since day one, first as a performer, then leader of the Bender Brass, and now assistant talent buyer and musical director. He assembles multiple shows each year and writes arrangements for the BB, an allstar unit that has become a staple at every Bender. "Jimmy Carpenter is truly one of the world's great rock and roll, Blues, and soul saxophone players." - Walter Trout
Doug Woolverton - Since the tender age of 7, Doug Woolverton has been cultivating his smooth, soulful, yet energetic trumpet sound for audiences around the world becoming one of the most in-demand, versatile trumpeters of his generation. Alumni of the spectacular Blues outfit Roomful of Blues, Doug is a Turn It Up trumpeter that blends a musical cocktail that is stout and refreshing. A master of many genres, he embodies the prolific style of Miles Davis with his own personal tone to deliver a richness as flavorful as Memphis fried chicken and New Orleans Gumbo. Doug Woolverton is a welcome addition to any ensemble and is a huge part of the Bender Brass.
Mark Earley - Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductee, 2 -time Grammy nominated and 6 -time W.C. Handy Award-winning saxophonist Mark Earley’s lifelong musical journey has brought him across the globe from NYC’s Lincoln Center to The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Moscow International Performing Arts Centre to The Zouk Mikael International Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, The King Biscuit Blues Festival to The Le Méridien Etoile's Jazz Club as part of the JBL Jazz Festival in Paris. Over the years, he has collaborated with scores of talented musicians, both on stage and in the recording studio. Jay McShann, Duke Robillard, Albert Collins, Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Price, Otis Clay, Mike Ledbetter, Gerald Levert, Taj Mahal, Kim Wilson’s Blues Review, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, Victor Wainwright, The Temptations, The Coasters, Joey McIntyre, Bobby Brown, Omar Hakim, Darius Brubeck, Wayne Newton, and Red Skelton. These are but a handful of world-renowned artists that have recognized his extraordinary talent. It is with this experience that has brought Mark to know how sharing the spiritual magic of music to audiences across the world is a true blessing.
Randy Oxford - When folks think of superior Blues instrumentation guitar, keyboards, Blues harp, and saxophone come to mind but rarely trombone. Out of the evergreen state of Washington comes a Blues Man that has taken the deep driving sound of this slide instrument to a whole new level. He has a thick grin that fronts a positive, good-humored attitude that surely comes through on every note he exhales. Randy honed his craft serving the US Army in the multifaceted military band in Europe and Monterrey, California. After years of night tripping and road touring, Randy has total control of the trombone and uses the full extent on the instrument's tonal range. The one, most clear attribute that he commands is his impeccable sense of timing with every artist he accompanies including his membership in the “Party Time” Bender Brass.