Blues to Bop | 28-31.08.2014



Jimmy Carpenter has made a living playing music for more than 25 years. Since relocating to New Orleans in early 2004 he has contributed to numerous major label and local recordings, including Eric Lindell's newest release on Alligator Records, Gulf Coast Highway, Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s Doin’ The Funky Thing, and Honey Island Swamp Band's Wishing Well, on all of which he wrote and performed the horn arrangements. He released his debut solo CD Toiling in Obscurity in December of 2008, which continues to receive heavy airplay on world famous WWOZ, and was chosen by 'OZ host and musicologist Tom Morgan as one of his top 5 New Orleans records for 2008. In addition to leading his own band he is appearing with some of New Orleans' most popular acts, including Eric Lindell, Walter Wolfman Washington, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Mardi Gras Indian funk ensemble 101 Runners.


Toiling In Obscurity is his first solo effort, a project long-planned and mulled over and put off and picked up again. These songs are from various stages of his life and career, from “On the Skids”, a dark tongue-in-cheek ballad written in 1986, to “Don’t Believe It”, a funky call for healthy skepticism written just in time to be included. Covers include a brassed up arrangement of Dr John’s “Back by the River”, and a gospel-tinged “Shine a Light” by The Stones. The recording features some of New Orleans' finest, including Papa John Gros of Papa Grows Funk, John Fohl, guitarist in Dr. John's band, drummer Wayne Maureau and bassist Cass Faulconer, with guest appearences by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Craig Klein, Matt Perrine, Uganda Roberts, Seguenon Kone, Walter Washington, June Yamagishi, and more.



Official website:



Main Sponsors

Download Press Release

Follow us on