Rafael hails from Stamford CT, where, among other things, he was the Musical Director/Arranger for Funkestra, a popular CT horn-oriented band, for over 30 years. As half of a rhythm-section-for-hire --carruthers brothers-- he and his son Joshua (on drums) had the good fortune to play behind many fine instrumentalists and vocalists in the NY/CT area. A resident of Tucson since August 2014, Rafael currently plays bass for the Gaslight Theater; University of Arizona musical theater productions; Arizona Theater Company summer youth theater; Retro Swing 7; Reveille Men's Choir and Desert Voices LGBT choir. He also enjoys frequent employment opportunities as a freelance musician. Last--but certainly not least--Rafael is a member-in-good-standing of ARCO-The Trio!, self-described as "Tucson's Progressive-Retro-Jazzy-Jam Band."