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 all-star 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.
Red Young - This World Class Musician, Performer, Writer & Arranger has mastered the 88's and has lit up stages and studios with the likes of Dolly Parton. Eric Burton, Kirk Fletcher, Janiva Magness, and many others. Red has worked TV shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Osborne's plus movies In the Line of Fire, and Indecent Proposal. Not to mention he has strolled the stage on Live performances from Austin City Limits. More than comfortable behind a piano, Red Young is set to have a musical conversation with the artists around him whether the tone is Tupelo, Mississippi swampy and humid, Memphis raw edged or Chicago South Side strong. You'll see Red Young at his best on the stages of the Bender, and you'll be long gone in his craft on the ebony & ivory keys.
Alastair Greene - The sizzling mojo that Alastair Greene brings to the stage is a shameless talent that was hard-earned working the bars, clubs, festivals, and arenas across the country and around the world. Alastair has been fronting his own Blues Rock trio for 20 years in addition to performing with a who's who of Blues and Rock icons. Genuine creativity, rocking flair, and impeccable vocals are his calling cards. In 2019 Alastair signed with Tab Benoit's Whiskey Bayou Records and will have a new CD released in the summer of 2020. Alastair was lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the Alan Parsons Live Project from 2010 - 2017. He has also toured with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Blues legends Debbie Davies, Mitch Kashmar, and most recently as a member of powerhouse vocalist and Blues Music Award winner Sugaray Rayford’s band from 2018 - 2019.
Cameron Tyler - Drummer, producer and proud member of the Jimmy Carpenter Band. He is the co-owner of Nonebody, a Las Vegas-based music production outfit. Nonebody recorded, engineered, and mixed Jimmy Carpenter’s new album “Soul Doctor”, which is due for release at this year’s Big Blues Bender. Cameron’s life in music is deeply rooted in the blues. His first professional band during his high school years caught the attention of LA-based superstar blues drummer and producer Tony Braunagel. This led to a mentorship that has lasted 15 years and counting. Tony made it possible for Cameron to accept international touring opportunities with Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts, Grammy-nominated Zydeco band Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, and many more. Today, Cameron plays drums regularly with a variety of acts and shows in Las Vegas. And he is touring the world this year with Bender favorite, Danielle Nicole.
Jason Langley - A native of Boston, Jason has covered a lot of ground over his 30-year career. He studied music at both the University of Lowell, MA and Berklee College of Music. In his pursuit to fulfill his passions for music, Jason has left few styles unturned. He has played country on a cruise ship, blues in a juke joint and swing at a ski resort. Jason spent many years paying his dues in New York City, played Broadway shows, and even did a tour with Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. But he hit the Blues scene hard when he secured a gig with blues artist Shemekia Copeland. Jason toured with Copeland for 3 years and is featured on her third recording for Alligator Records, Talking to Strangers. During this time, he also performed with many other blues greats including B.B. King, Elvin Bishop and Dr. John. He also toured with blues guitarist Coco Montoya, before Jason settling in Las Vegas, NV in 2012, where he is a first-call player with many great acts on the Strip. And, more importantly, he holds down the bottom with Bender Brass Leader Jimmy Carpenter’s band!