Local artists, Pat Cole and Jamie Jenson, make up the vocal and acoustic duo PC & J. Their music ranges from Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt covers, to jazz classics by Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Together with friends Bill Duris on bass, Kathleen Scarborough on violin, and Craig Cootsona on drums, they plan an evening of stylistically versatile music that will include something for everyone.
Pat Cole started on music in grammar school, but it wasn’t until he started playing guitar that the obsession began. After 46 years he’s still playing, still learning and still loving it. He’s played in local bands over the years including Love Bug, Johnny Lewis Combo and 7 on 7. His philosophy is that “music is a group activity and the players and the audience all make the music.”
Jamie Jenson grew up in the Bay Area influenced by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Broadway musicals and The East Bay soul and funk scene. She has been seen onstage for the Olympia Family Theater, Theater Artists Olympia, and Animal Fire’s Shakespeare in the Park as well as part of the singing duo, Je Tu with Susan Tuzzolino.
Bill Duris has played the string bass for many jazz combos in south Puget Sound since moving here in 1997. He has also been the regular bass player in big bands such as The Pierce College Jazz Band, Lakewood Community Jazz Band, Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Orchestra, Olympia Jazz Senators, Swing Reunion Orchestra, the Olympia Jazz Tentet and the Keith Henson Octet.
Kathleen Scarborough has been a versatile performer and teacher for nearly three decades. She has played in symphony, ballet, and chamber orchestras, done extensive commercial and studio work, performed with such artists as Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Smokey Robinson, and Bernadette Peters, performed in Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls and the Kennedy Center and has been first violinist in the internationally acclaimed big band, Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra. She moved to the Northwest a year ago and is happy to be a part of the thriving Olympia music scene.
Craig Cootsona started playing drums at 11 years old. He took every gig that came his way to help pay for college and graduate school. He began playing in Size 4 with Syd Potter, Steve Munger, and Bill Duris, and shortly afterward he joined Bert Wilson's Rebirth. From there Craig connected with the Olympia jazz scene and enjoys playing there on a regular basis.