Jeanie Mishler knew she wanted to be a singer since the age of 5. While roller skating in plastic skates that latched on over her Mary Jane's, dog in tow, she belted out songs day after day. For a long time she wanted to be Helen Reddy and still knows her Greatest Hits album by heart, able to predict the next song during the needle lag. In her 30's, after a particularly trying day raising children, she fled to the used record store where she found a cassette of that favorite album and played it over and over again until one of her toddlers used the tape as a pull toy. Along with Helen Reddy, other musical influences from her parents' record collection included Chubby Checker, Elvis and Barry Manilow. Jeanie's musical world expanded in high school with choir, theater, and a cherished trip abroad to France, where she fell in love with all things European. Her many Euro influences merge into Hopscotch's current band sound, balancing out all the kitsch that dominated her early musical years.
While Jeanie might have grown up belting Helen Reddy, Charlie grew up on the 5 “B”s: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, and the Beatles. After having consumed all that by 6th grade, Charlie found Jazz. He played his electric bass, upside down and backwards, through Big Bands and Be-Bop, Europe and California. Then he did it again on the piano. After studying composition and piano with important teachers and receiving degrees from important schools Charlie thought he knew everything. So he had two daughters and two hi-tech jobs. When several years of that didn't position him for early retirement like it should have, he said "to heck with this, I'm going back into music where the real money is and people are always ethical!" Since then, Charlie has produced several recordings, worked in musical theater, directed choirs, taught piano, and played for the archbishop. After playing countless church services together, Jeanie convinced him to start playing jazz with her and he convinced her to start writing jazz with him and thus this uneasy partnership began.