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Charolette Carruthers - Keyboard & Vocals. Charlotte Carruthers began her professional musical career singing with her father, renowned Pacific Northwest jazz pianist Arnie Carruthers. She has been a member of several different bands over the years ranging from country to rock to jazz, and has also sung with several choruses including the New York Choral Society and Eugene Concert Choir. Notable performances while making her home in New York City include concerts with Peter, Paul and Mary and a recording session and performance with Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Wicked), as well as several club appearances.

Charlotte has also been a featured vocalist with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra (SJO) for many years as part of their regular concert season, as well as being part of special performances such as the Fourth of July Celebration in Spokane’s Riverfront Park and workshops and concerts in many Spokane area schools. She will be featured again with the SJO as part of their 40th concert season this December 2014.

Charlotte now makes her home in the Seattle area, where she maintains a busy music career. She is pianist and vocalist for the Mach One Jazz Orchestra, one of Seattle’s most in-demand big bands. She also sings with John Holt’s Radio Rhythm Orchestra and plays piano and/or sings in a handful of jazz combos, including Finn Hill Jazz. She also still sings with a classical chorus, Cantaré Vocal Ensemble.

In 2012, Charlotte released her first CD, “At Long Last”. Recorded with the Brent Edstrom Trio, the CD includes songs that have been perso.

Brad Benefield - Guitar  Brad has been active on the Seattle jazz scene since 1990, performing as a solo artist and with a variety of singers, big bands, and ensembles. His guitar style has been influenced by his eclectic background - playing bluegrass banjo and mandolin as a youth in Virginia, studying classical and jazz guitar in Los Angeles, and working blues clubs and honky-tonks in Austin before relocating to Seattle. He is also a composer and music teacher, an avid baseball fan, and a father of two daughters.

Peter Rockas - Tenor Sax. Peter, a native of Seattle, began his musical career by pounding on table tops at local coffee joints at the age of thirteen as he accompanied the music du jour on the jukebox; this led to bongos and congas. At the age of sixteen, after the girl he was interested in told him she liked the sound of a saxophone, he bought his first tenor sax and began playing professionally in local groups that same year. He didn’t get the girl but he got all the safe sax one could ever hope for…BaDaBoom Kush!

He has work on an eclectic array of projects over the years from Blues to R&B to R&R to Jazz to Jump Blues and a few stints with experimental theater and now in Finn Hill Project. His contribution to FHP is his stuffy, but loud and overbearing, tenor sax playing.

Did I tell you about the time a Priest, Imam, and Rabbi, all tenor sax players, walked into a bar?

Oh! OK. I'll save that for another time.....

Will Stump - Bass. Will also started out young as a musician studying violin at eight years old. He took up the viola some years later and majored in viola performance in college and studied music in Europe. He has played with a number of symphony orchestras. But his musical career has been spiced by playing jazz since he was a teenager when his musical awareness became seasoned with Dave Brubeck; Getz and Gilberto; Miles Davis and the rest of the jazz greats of the day. He's been playing it ever since.

Will has had the pleasure of playing with Dick Blake, Art Pepper, Mel Brown, Dean Hodges.

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