Kansas City

Mark Pender first picked up the trumpet in Kansas City, Missouri. With its rich roots in
jazz and blues, Kansas City has been a great influence on Mark’s style.

Jazz and Soul

He played with the Inner City Orchestra of Kansas City from 1977-79. The orchestra gave Mark a chance to work with noted jazz and soul greats like Jay McShann, Ella Fitzgerald, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. While fronting the band on trumpet and vocals for only a few numbers, the Kansas City Star noted, “the audience clapped and cheered when Mark Pender played a seemingly unendinnames like Diana Ross trumpet solo.”


Mark’s experiences in Kansas City were unparalleled, but adventure called. He headed to New York City with jazz organist Charles Earland.

Touring and Recording

It was in New York that his years of touring and recording began. From 1981-82, Mark toured with Diana Ross. In 1982, he played with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul (Men Without Women). He also played with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Trash It Up, 1983; In the Heat, 1984; At Least We’ve Got Shoes, 1985; Better Days, 1991), Bruce Springsteen (Live Anthology, 1985; Chimes of Freedom, 1988; Tracks, 1998), Shannon (Do You Wanna Get Away, 1985), and Power Station (Some Like it Hot, 1985). Other musicians that Mark has played with include David Bowie (Tonight, 1984; Changesbowie, 1990), Joe Cocker (One Night
of Sin, 1988), Bon Jovi (These Days, 1995), They Might Be Giants (Dr. Worm, 1998), and Robert Cray (A Shame and a Sin, 1993).


In 1993, Mark started playing on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and has been in all of the over 1700 tapings. Recent recordings include Bruce Springsteen, the rising, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes , going to Jukesville,The Bogmen, Son Seals, Cissy Houston, Joe Pesci, Ricky Martin, and others. Other credits includes the video from Seville Spain Guitar Legends.

Mark Pender Band

As a band leader, singer and songwriter, Mark has been performing in New York area clubs with an R&B; and jazz laced funk band, The Mark Pender Band. Mark leads the band on vocals and trumpet. The band also features Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg on trombone and vocals, Glenn Alexander on guitar and vocals and Mo Roberts on drums. Tim Cappello on sax and Paul Frazier on bass.

Mark Pender plays B&S; Challenger Elaboration trumpets.


2002 – Bruce Springsteen{The Rising}
– Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes{Going to Jukesville}

2001 – Ricky Martin{sound loaded}

2000 – Max Weinberg 7 (Max Weinberg 7)
– Son Seals (Lettin’ Go)
– The Getaway People (Turnpike Diaries)
– (Telarc’s Got More Blues)
– (Blues for a Rotten Afternoon)

1999 – David Bowie (Changes [EMI])
– Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Xtra Acme USA)
– Blackmore’s Night (Under a Violet Moon)
– Robert Cray (Heavy Picks: The Robert Cray Collection)
– Lucky Peterson (Lucky Peterson)

1998 – Bruce Springsteen{Tracks}
– Joe Pesci (Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You)
– They Might Be Giants (Severe Tire Damage)
– The Bogmen (Closed Captioned Radio)
– (Every Woman’s Blues: The Best of New Generation)

1997 – Cissy Houston (He Leadeth Me)
– Buster Poindexter (Buster’s Spanish Rocketship)
– New York Voices (Sing the Songs of Paul Simon)
– (Live from 6A: Late Night with Conan O’Brien)

1996 – Bon Jovi (These Days [Import])

1995 – Bon Jovi (These Days)

1994 – Debbie Davies (Loose Tonight)

1993 – Robert Cray (Shame + A Sin)
– Debbie Davies (Picture This)
– Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (All I Want Is Everything: The Best)

1992 – Tyler Collins (Tyler)
(Home Alone 2: Lost in New York [Original Soundtrack])

1991 – Killer Joe (Scene of the Crime)
– Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (Better Days)

1990 – David Bowie (Changesbowie)

1989 – Joe Cocker (One Night of Sin)

1987 – Bruce Springsteen (Chimes of Freedom)
– Robert Palmer (Addictions, Vol. 1)

1986 – Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (At Least We Got Shoes)

1985 – Bruce Springsteen (Live Anthology)

1984 – David Bowie (Tonight)
– Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (In the Heat)
– The Power Station (Power Station)

1983 – Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (Trash It Up)

1982 – Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul (Men Without Women)