Nominated for 2nd Blues Music Award!!

 

I am very happy and proud to announce that I am nominated, for the 2nd consecutive year, for Best Instrumentalist/Horn but the Blues Music Awards. This is a great honor, and I am among some great musicians and very good friends.

Join the Blues Foundation for as little as $25/year, knowing your money is going toward the preservation, promotion and archiving of this music we all love so much. www.blues.org.

And VOTE!!

 

Jimmy Carpenter Revue is a Big Hit In France!

 

On Saturday, October 11, The Jimmy Carpenter New Orleans Revue provided 3 sets of music for the 13th Annual MNOP Festival (Musique de Novelle Orleans de Perigueux), in the idyllic area of Perigord, in the Dordogne region. The concert was held in the spectacular venue Le Palio, in neighboring Boulazac, FR, and presented by MNOP-Fest.com, Stephane Colin, president.

Musicians from New Orleans, Jimmy Carpenter in mind, delighted the audience."

"A great moment!" Stephane Colin, President MNOP Dordogne Libre, Oct 13, 2014

Produced and arranged by Jimmy Carpenter, with an all star cast, including regular band members, and special guests:

Jimmy Carpenter (Saxophones, guitar, vocals, producer, arranger)

John Gros (keys/vocals); 

John Fohl (guitars/vocals); 

Wayne Maureau (drums),

Eric Vogel (bass). 

Ms. Erica Falls (vocals)

Mr Dale Blade (vocals) 

Antonio Gambrell (New Orleans, trumpet, vocals) 

Tejerizo Sylvain (France, tenor and baritone sax)

Special Guests: 

Benoit Blue Boy (France, harmonica); Herve Fernandez and Roland Dubois (France, guitars)

 

Attended by approximately 2500 very enthusiastic people, there were 3 sets, in a true "Revue Style", with everyone participating in each set. Truly a fantastic night!!

 

Jimmy Carpenter New Orleans Revue in France

 

It has been a crazy 2 months, with trips to Belgium, Brazil, and Switzerland, The Big Blues Bender in Vegas, and now I am headed to Perigueux, France with my band. I am producing and directing The Jimmy Carpenter New Orleans Revue: Falls to Fohl, for the annual MNOP Festival. 3 sets featuring John Fohl, John Gros, Wayne Maureau and Eric Vogel, with very special guests Erica Falls and Dale Blade. Antonio Gambrell and Sylvain Tejerizo fill out the horn section. 

This is our first gig outside of New Orleans, and it's one of my favorite places in the world!!

 

 

Jimmy Carpenter signs with Vizztone Label Group!

 

I am proud to announce that I have signed with The Vizztone Label Group, for the international promotion and distribution of my new CD, Walk Away. The official street date is now September 23rd. Vizztone is a great operation, with a fantastic roster that includes my dear friend Bob Margoiln, new friends Monkey Junk, Austin Young, Mitch Woods, and many more. I am very happy to be a member of the family, and thrilled that I will have Vizztone behind me on the project!!

 

New Album Walk Away to be Released June 18!

 

Walk Away, my newest solo recording is finally ready, and will be released June 18, 2014!!

 

2014 Blues Music Award Nominee!!

 

It has been forever since I've updated this site...I must have been waiting for news like this! I am very proud and excited to announce that I am nominated for Best Instrumentalist-Horn, by the Blues Foundation. And, Mike Zito and The Wheel's "Gone to Texas" CD is nominated for Best Rock/Blues Album. It's easy to join if you aren't a member...and only members can vote. So, join and vote here: www.blues.org.. 


 

Jimmy Carpenter Nominated for Best Sax by Offbeat Magazine

 

I am very honored to announce that I've been nominated for "Best Saxophonist" by Offbeat Magazine's Best of the Beat Awards. This comes as a total surprise and a huge thrill. I feel privileged just to walk the streets in this town full of amazing musicians, and it is a great feeling to be recognized in New Orleans.

You can vote in this poll by following the link below. Also nominated is Honey Island Swamp Band, for Best Roots Artist and Best Roots CD, Good to You. I play with Honey Island and did the horn arrangements on Good to You, so while you're there, vote for this great band too.

http://www.offbeat.com/2010-best-of-the-beat-awards

Thank you for your vote!! The awards are January 28th...I'll keep you posted!

 

The Musician's Tomb musical composition

 

I am very honored to be co-composing a piece of music to be played at the dedication of the Musician's Tomb here in New Orleans. If that weren't enough, I am working with Mr Craig Klein, trombonist with Bonerama and New Orleans' busiest musician, and the Creole Beethoven himself, Mr. Wardell Quezergue, master arranger and composer. If you don't know who Mr Wardell is, google him; he arranged "Groove Me" "Mr Big Stuff", "Iko Iko", "Chapel of Love", Dave Bartholemew's big band charts, Professor Longhair's many hits, and a nearly endless list of songs and records. He is truly an icon of American music, and I am thrilled just to know him, much less work with him on a song.

The date of the dedication is about to be announced, and the piece will be played by an all-star brass band at the ceremony. More about that as I get the details. 

 

October News

 

Hello Friends!! Been too long I know...

The summer is winding down here in New Orleans, which means it's only about 90 degrees. October is the nicest month of the year, and I'm busy with all kinds of projects:

About to make a quick trip (Sept 27-Oct3) to Germany and Denmark with Walter Washington, see the calendar for details. The German tour in April was a resounding success, can't wait to go back!

I get to stay home for most of October, except that I'll be returning to The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, on October 9th, with Walter. We did this one right after Katrina, looking forward to returning.

Then comes Voodoo Fest here in City Park, Oct 29-31...always a great time, under the live oaks, some great music. Check it out at www.thevoodooexperience.com. I'll be doing it with Honey Island, Friday; 101 Runners, Saturday; and Walter Washington, Sunday.

More details soon, and I promise to do a better job of keeping up!!

 

Back Online

 

After a month or so out of touch I have just posted new dates for July and beyond. I've been very busy playing with Walter, Mike Zito, Honey Island Swamp Band, Eric Lindell, and 101 Runners, and have a great summer lined up. Check the calendar and come out and see me with all these great bands!!

 

New CD's Coming Out

 

This time of year there are lots of new releases coming out of New Orleans, and I'm involved in 2 of the coolest: Honey Island Swamp Band's Good to You, coming out April 10th, and 101 Runners New Orleans Funk 101, April 9th.

Honey Island Swamp Band is one of THE hottest new bands in New Orleans, having just won Best Blues Album for their 2009 relase Wishing Well, and Best New Artist in the annual Offbeat Awards sponsored by Offbeat Magazine. This year they're at it again with Good to You, on Threadhead Records. I wrote and played the horn arrangements on all tracks, and the disc truly kicks ass, with fine songwriting and outstanding musicianship throughout.

101 Runners is fast becoming the cities premiere Mardi Gras Indian funk band. The music on New Orleans Funk 101 was recorded live at Tipitina's in December...I play bari sax throughout. I've just heard the final mixes, and I'm blown away. It captures the intensity and spontaneity of the Indian grooves, features the one and only Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at his absolute best, zigging and zagging with War Chief Juan and the super bad band. Indian funk is only in New Orleans, and this recording really catches the fiya!!

 

 

April is INSANE!!!

 

I'm about to kick off what might be my busiest month EVER...starting with a week of touring in Germany with Walter Wolfman Washington, then home to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. This year I'll be at the festival with Walter, Eric Lindell, Honey Island Swamp Band, 101 Runners...and then every night at least once somewhere in town. It will be a blast, exhausting, exhilarating...it's a great time of year and I intend to make the most of it. So head down to New Orleans for the Festival of the Year!!

 

Great East Coast Trip!

 

I'm just home from an absolutely killer tour of the East Coast with Eric Lindell. My apologies to everyone in Charlotte, where the weather caused us to cancel my triumphant return to the historic Double Door...but after a rough start the rest of the tour went smoothly, and we kicked serious ass from Hot Springs, VA to NYC. Much thanks fot all who came out, it was great to see all of you!! There are some great recordings from various shows, email me and I'll try to hook you up. The 4 piece stripped down unit: Eric of course, Eddie Christmas on drums and Chris Arenas on bass, dynamic, funky, sparse and wide open, we had the room to run and we did. It was a true pleasure playing and hanging with these guys, can't wait to do it again!!

 

East Coast with Eric Lindell

 

This month I'm headed up the East Coast with Mr Eric Lindell! Here are the dates:

Feb 12 Double Door Inn, Charlotte, NC

Feb 13 Hot Springs, VA, TBD

Feb 15 Jammin Java, Vienna, VA

Feb 16 Jewish Mother, Va Beach, VA

Feb 17 Rams Head, Annapolis, MD

Feb 19 Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

Feb 20 Sullivan Hall, NYC

See my calendar for addresses and lonks etc.

 

Toiling in Obscurity #9 on the Relix Chart

 

Jimmy Carpenter's debut solo CD Toiling in Obscurity is Number 9 on the Relix/Jamband.com radio chart for January 10th!

 

Happy New Year!!

 

Some exciting things happening for me in 2010. Toiling in Obscurity is being played by nearly 150 stations nationwide, 50 or so in heavy or medium rotation, and it has made several "Best of the Year" lists:

I'm honored to have been chosen as one of Tom Morgan's Top 11 New Orleans CD's for 2009. Tom is a DJ and music historian at world-renowned WWOZ, New Orlean's amazing independent radio station. You can check out his list at www.wwoz.org. AND go to www.tlmorgan.com to check out Tom's brand new book, Historic Photos of New Orleans Jazz. It is an absolutely beautiful book, by one of the leading authorities on New Orleans music.

Mr Grant Britt, music writer at Creative Loafing Magazine, in my old stomping ground Charlotte, NC, also puts it in his top 10 for the year. Read more at http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/the_year_in_review_music/Content?oid=805537.  Grant wrote a great review of the cd when it was released, which is in my press section.

And finally, I have it on good authority that Toiling in Obscurity will be in 2009's top 20 by David Eisenman, jazz director at WTJU radio, at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA (I'll post a link asap). It has been in heavy rotation there almost from the beginning, and I must thank David for his ongoing support.

Much thanks to all these writers, and a Safe and Happy 2010 to all of you!!

 

Toiling in Obscurity #25 on the Relix Chart

 

Toiling in Obscurity is number 25 on the Relix Jam Band Chart for the week of 11/30/09! And number 40 on the CMJ Jazz Chart!

http://www.jambands.com/radio-charts/2009/11/30/trick-or-treat-in-november

 

More than 100 Stations Now Playing Toiling in Obscurity

 

My national radio push continues, with nearly 100 stations reporting that they are playing Toiling in Obscurity. I'm compiling a full list, but here are a few that have it in heavy rotation, call 'em up and make a request!

  • KLC   Portland, OR
  • KWCR  Ogden, UT
  • KWVA Eugene, OR
  • RADIOLO Wilkesboro, NC
  • WAIH Potsdam, NY
  • WECS  Willimantic, CT
  • WFNP  New Paltz, NY
  • WHCJ  Savannah, GA
  • WHRW  Binghamton, NY
  • WTJU Charlottesville, VA
  • WVRU  Radford, VA
  • WUMR  Memphis, TN
  • KHEN Salida, CO
 

Toiling in Obscurity #2 add on CMJ

 
My CD Toiling in Obscurity was the 2nd most added release on the CMJ Jazz charts for last week! I'm in the midst of an 8-week radio push, and it's off to a great start, with TIO in heavy rotation on 10 new stations, medium on another 11, and light/adds on 43 more. My thanks to Powderfinger Promotions for all their hard work.
 

National Radio Promo Underway

 

A national radio promotion is underway for Jimmy Carpenter's cd Toiling in Obscurity.

With the help of Powerfinger Promotions, over 400 jazz/jam/independently thinking stations have received copies, with request to add it to their playlists starting September 28. If you listen to non-mainstream radio, chances are great that they have a brand new copy, so please, call'em up and make a request!!
 

Appearing at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival

 

I'm honored to be appearing at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, LA, October 10th at 6:00pm. This is a great fest for a great cause. Also that day will be Juice, John Gros, and Louisiana LeRoux. Check out their website for details, and plan to spend a day on the Bayou supporting a life and death cause, the preservation and replacing of our wetlands.

 

Rest in Peace Sam Butera

 

A true saxophone hero has passed away at 81. Sam Butera was a one-of-a-kind horn player, one of the original honkers, arranger and sidekick to Luis Prima, great bandleader and an all around fine man.

I had the pleasure of hearing him and meeting him several times, and each show is a shining memory for me. He not only played his ass off, but he took the time to talk with me, sign my old records, take a photo...a New Orleans legend, he will be missed!

 

 

Appearing at the Grand County, CO Blues Festival

 
I just confirmed that I will be at the Grand County Blues Fest this year, June 26-28. I'll be playing with Mike Zito (www.mikezito.com), as well as sitting in with others on the festival and in the clubs at night. This is a great festival, originated with the help my old friend John Catt of the Grand Co. Blues Society (www.grandcountyblues.org) Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro, Deanna Bogart, Jimmy Hall...gonna be a great weekend!
 

Headed out with Eric Lindell

 
I'm hitting the road with Eric Lindell THIS WEEK, starting 5/22 in Rehoboth Bch, through VA, MD, NY and Nj, ending on May 30th at the famous Crawfish Festival in Augusta, NJ, just north of Stanhope. Details on my calendar page, or at www.ericlindell.com. THis time the band will include DC-area keyboardist/vocalist Jon Carroll, and joining me will be my pal Derek Huston on sax. This band is badass, Eric's songs are great, so come see us!
 

Taking a Breath!!

 
I just realized how long it has been since I updated my site. JazzFest is over, and it was a huge success for me. I played 19 shows in 12 days, including 7 at the festival, and I had the pleasure of working with dozens of stellar musicians. Highlights were Big Chief Monk Boudreaux's set at the Heritage stage on Sunday 4/26, ALL Eric Lindell's shows but especially Saturday 5/2 at the new Rock & Bowl, Bryan Lee in the Blues Tent Sat 5/2, and of course, Walter Wolfman Washington's sets, most notably at DBA on Wednesday 4/29. Thanks for everyone for an unbelievable 2 weeks!!
 

Toiling In Obscurity available at Jazzfest!

 

My solo Cd Toiling in Obscurity will be available at Jazzfest in the music merchandise tent. Although I'm not plaing the festival as a headliner, I am appearing 8 different times over the course of the two weeks (See calendar for details).

 

In-store appearance at Louisiana Music Factory 4/27

 

On Monday April 27th at 1:00pm sharp, I'll be appearing at the Louisiana Music Factory, part of their famous Jazzfest In Store concert series. Playing with me will be the original band on Toiling In Obscurity, John Gros (keys), John Fohl (guitar), Cass Faulconer (bass) and Wayne Maureau (drums), plus some special guests. My CD will be available at LMF, as is it always is, and you can also catch a long list of great musicians there on the off days of Fest week.

 

Eric Lindell's New CD w/ my horn arrangments!

 

Eric Lindell has a brand new CD out called Gulf Coast Highway. I wrote the horn arrangments and played on every track, with the help of my pal Derek Huston. If you haven't heard Eric, you should...he is a great and prolific songwriter, and this CD is his best work yet. Check it out at www.ericlindell.com or www.alligator.com

 

New Music Posted

 
I've just addes a couple of songs from other projects I'm involved in. 101 Runners is a Mardi Gras Indian funk/percussion ensemble that play bari sax in, and this song is our opeing tune at Jazzfest 08. CHeck out 101 at www.101runners.com. Next is Only You from Walter Washington and The Roadmasters CD Doin The Funky Thing. I arranged all the horns for the cd, and this is one of my favorites. You can check out Walter at www.walterwolfmanwashington.com
 

Mardi Gras

 
Everyone here in New Orleans is breathing a sigh of relief now that the madness is over (well, not over). THis year was special for...I got home from the road just in time to meet my father at the airport here in NOLA, and the Sunday before Mardi Gras, and we drug him all over town for 3 days, showing him what the real things ios all about. We watched the Zulu King come ashore Lundi Gras afternoon, I played with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at a packed Tipitina's that night, and got up early to catch the 100 year anniversary Zulu parade Mardi Gras morning. Then we waited outside the Big Chief's house for his emergence in his new 2009 suit. We second-lined from Monk's house to 2nd & Dryades....too much to describe here but it is quite an experience. I'll post photos asap. My dad loved it! More about it and photos very soon.
 

East Coast with Eric Lindell

 
Finally an update...I had the pleaure of doing an east coast tour in February with Eric Lindell, hitting several of my old haunts along the way, including the Double Door in Charlotte, NC and The State Theater in Falls Church, VA. Ran into lots of old friends and family...I miss you all! ANd the shows with Eric were truly great. Highlights were The World Cafe Live in Philly, perhaps the best sound I have ever experienced in my long career; a sold-out Ram's Head show in Annapolis, MD, a great night at the State Theater, and ending with a killer Mardi Gras party in NYC. It was great to see everyone in Charlottesville, VA...it has been way to long, and a special thanks to Bob Girard for his help.
 

Toiling in Obscurity on iTunes, Amazon.com and Napster

 
All tracks and the complete album are now available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon, Napster.com!
 

January and February Dates

 
I've posted new dates for January and February. I'll be touring the East Coast with outstanding songwriter/singer and all around badass, Alligator recording artist Eric Lindell. We'll be coming through my old stomping grounds in Charlotte, NC, Charlottesville, VA and DC, and doing some shows with Anders Osbourne. If you don't know Eric you should...these shows will be totally off the hook.
 

Toiling in Obscurity in WWOZ top 5!

 
Tom Morgan, radio host and musicologist on New Orleans' WWOZ, has picked my debut solo cd Toiling in Obscurity as one of his top 5 releases for 2008. Tom hosts 2 shows on OZ, Jazz Roots (Wed 9:00-11:00AM) and "The Tuesday Flavor of the New Orleans Music Show" (Tues 11:00am-2:00PM). This is a great honor for me; when he told me I was totally speechless (well, almost). Check out Tom's shows and all the unbelievable music on the greatest station in the nation streaming live at MySpace/WWOZ OR www.WWOZ.org. And check out Tom's website at TLMorgan.com.
 

Toiling in Obscurity is Available NOW!

 
My debut solo CD "Toiling in Obscurity" is finally out and available. Reaction has been great here in New Orleans after a truly fabulous release party at DBA December 4th. I'm getting steady (and much appreciated) airplay on WWOZ, New Orleans' one-of-a-kind radio station (www.wwoz.org). It's just now reaching the hipper radio stations around the country, and I'll post more info about who's playing it and where.