Amy is a member of Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, a multi-instrumentalist (alto sax, clarinet, accordion, guitar, bass) with a four-octave vocal range, and has produced over 50 recordings solo and in collaboration with artists worldwide. She runs her own recording studio and record label, Spoot Music. Her music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in front of 40,000 people on New Year’s Eve in Naples, Italy. She co-founded Tone Dogs, The Entropics, her all-women sax quartet The Tiptons (1988-present) and joined Bosnian folk metal band Kultur Shock in 1999. Amy has played concerts and taught musical workshops in clubs, squats, prisons, churches, sanctuaries, subways, and abandoned buildings on six continents.
Jim has been a member of the free jazz group Holus Bolus, and a founding member of Circular Cowboys and Inside Out. He has recorded or performed with Andrew Hill, Caroline Kraabel, Dina Blade, Jonathan Edwards, Lynette Westendorf, Michael Vlatkovich, Paul Rucker, Rob Blakeslee, Robin Holcomb, Sue Ann Harkey, Vinnie Golia and Wayne Horvitz. He has two CDs in national release: “Wending” and “Unprepared,” with Dave Storrs; and the self-released CD “Keeping the Devil Out.” His compositions have been performed in concerts by the Open Music Workshop, the Earshot Jazz Festival, Marzena Arts’ Spring Festival of Contemporary Music, Portland’s Creative Music Guild, the Dumaurier Jazz Festival, Seattle Composers’ Salon, Tacoma New Music, Tone Action Orchestra, the Composers and Improvisers Workshop, and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble. He current performs with Big Crinkly Trio and Sidewinder.
Benson Smith has been playing clarinet since the age of 11; he also performs on guitar, saxes, percussion, harmonica and voice. And homemade electronic noisemakers. And kazoo.
He has played solo - and with these bands: Ixtlan, En Route, The Plutonium Rock Trio, The Klez Kidz, The Yellow Hat Band, One Love, Mighty Tiny Seattle, D20, KlezterBalm, Seattle Hand Drummers, The Steering Committee, and the BusKings.
Benson also operates the Junk Chime at various fairs and festivals, and has a day job.