Bender Brass Band
Featuring Jimmy Carpenter, Deanna Bogart, Randy Oxford, Doug Woolverton, Mark Earley, Russell Jackson, Alastair Greene, Matthew Johnson & Terry Dry
Jimmy Carpenter: Jimmy Carpenter is one of the hardest working sax men in the music business. He is a staple on the New Orleans music scene working for years with Blues Great Tinsley Ellis, as the Band Leader with New Orleans' famous Walter “Woflman” Washington, Road Manager and Saxman with the legendary Jimmy Thackery, and of late traveling the world with Mike Zito and the Wheel. Jimmy also has his solo career and his latest release “Walk Away” was critically acclaimed. Jimmy Carpenter's Sax bellows with rich Soul, jumps with thumping Funk and howls with a Muscle Shoals richness that is unmatched.
Deanna Bogart: Deanna Bogart possesses a gift for approaching blues, soul and R&B material with mesmerizing warmth and firmness. Gifted as a dual threat as a suburb pianist and exceptional Sax player, she has a musical versatility that is simply astounding. Deanna Bogart is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician and has garnered three consecutive Blues Music Awards' Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her sound is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Deanna Bogart is a welcome addition to any on-stage line-up and is a shining light on every stage she's graced.
Randy Oxford: When folks think of superior Blues instrumentation guitar, keyboards, Blues harp, and saxophone come to mind but rarely ever 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 Monterey, California. After years of night tripping 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.
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 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.
Mark Earley: When he is not touring or recording with Roomful of Blues, the list is long of the artists that have invited Mark Earley to blow his astounding saxophone. Wayne Newton, J. Giles Band, Taj Mahal, Coco Montoya, The Fabulous Thunderbirds are but a handful of world-renowned artists that have recognized his extraordinary talent. Rendering a fat swinging audience moving sound, Mark wields both a mean Alto and menacing Baritone horn with well-honed style and grace that just screams “It's Time To Party.”
Russell Jackson: Starting his career with Otis Clay, Russell Jackson worked his way to B.B. King's Band and toured with the Blues legend for over 6 years. His distinctive style on the Bass Guitar is an energy filled funky groove like that lays a solid foundation for the players around him. The discography and list of music luminaries that he has shared the studio and stage with are long, distinguished and award winning. Sporting a wide music maker grin, Russell Jackson is sure to Let the Good Times Roll as he thumps his way in letting the audience know that this is what the Blues Bass Guitar is all about.
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. It’s no wonder why Alan Parsons tapped Alastair as his lead guitarist nearly a decade ago. His six string work is filled with emotion and fire, complex for sure. As he peers over his shades, he may claim to be Trouble at Your Door, but in all reality, the only trouble you’ll have is finding yourself a spot closer to the front of his stage. Alastair Greene is a true Modern Day Blues sensation that gives his all to every performance.
Matthew Johnson: Houston has delivered the world many great musicians. Not to be overlooked is the “Tornado on the Drumsticks” Matthew Johnson. Known for captivating technique, creativity, and a blistering back beat, Matthew Johnson is the literal personification of a drumming phenom. Mathew will be gracing stages all around the Big Blues Bender and as The Bender Brass Band drummer.
Terry Dry: When Terry Dry plugs in you can count on a rich, lush and thumping bottom end bass line. Living and raised around famed Blues Hot-Bed, Houston, TX, Terry lays down a solid bass line that's beyond outstanding, always present but is forever well controlled. See Terry lay down the thick groove with many of the artists at the Big Blues Bender.