Boogie 2 Shooz is comprised of two singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalists, Patti-Jean Cousens and Pamela Jenkins.
Pam and Patti-Jean first performed together in 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while helping to organize a fund raiser for AIDS. This work led to the formation of Boogie2Shooz and a commitment to foster the work of women in music, while engaging audiences with great sounds, energy and loads of fun.
Two unique and expressive vocal styles combine to bring torch ballads, soulful and fiery renditions of the blues, funk-flavored R&B, lush jazz, and spirited Latin to every performance. of Saxophones, flute, percussion, keyboards and digital music technology, Boogie2Shooz presents a visually, and musically exciting performance, supported by a full and colorful sound.
Boogie 2 Shooz's extensive touring experiences, from festivals and cruise ships, to hometown lounges and concert venues, have given them the ability to deliver diversity and insight in every show. Additionally, experience and an extensive repertoire allows them to reach a wide spectrum of musical tastes, and touch all ages. The audience can “kick back” and enjoy the show or “kick out” and boogie!
“Their sound is full and balanced. Their performance is warm and irresistible.”
Phone: 207.319.5113 or 207.319.6686
Patti-Jean is, quite simply, a highly gifted, and honest singer/entertainer. Her vocal style has evolved into a supple and rich alto, that is reminiscent of the urban blues and jazz singers of the 1920s -1940s. One often hears sounds laced with flavors of Judy Garland, Dinah Washington, and Billie Holiday.
Patti-Jean’s presentation combines articulate and soulful vocals, with eye-popping dance moves that might portray the energy of a naughty Tina Turner or the dramatics of Bob Fosse.
Weaned on Gregorian chant, hymns, and High School choir in Gardiner, Maine, Patti-Jean began her professional career while associated with a USO touring group at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her director, the late Jerry Owens, recognized her innate abilities, turned the choreographing duties over to her, and frequently featured her center-stage.
Following college, Patti-Jean took to the “road.” She fronted pop and show groups from Lake Tahoe to Miami. This work led to the incorporation of hand percussion and keyboard instruments, in a natural extension of her considerable rhythmic abilities.
The years spent honing her craft have resulted in a compelling stage presence. Audiences are treated to a beautifully rendered vocal repertoire of blues, swing, latin, pop, jazz, and torch ballads, while being enfolded in the warmth of Patti-Jean’s passion for people and for entertaining.
A native of Michigan, Pam picked up the saxophone at eleven years and has yet to retire her neck strap.
Over time, this saxophonist has developed an emotional and moving performance style, with a tonal quality reminiscent of Grover Washington, and Paul Desmond.
Pam expanded her musicianship studying music technology, and has used this knowledge not only in the creation of orchestral backgrounds for live performances, but also as a convenient aid for her arranging and composing activities.
Although instrumentally accomplished on sax, flute and keyboards, Pamela can heat up a room with a powerful voice containing just the right amount of “edge” that one hears from the likes of Bonnie Raitt or Janis Joplin.
Musical touring throughout the continental U.S. and Europe has been interspersed with higher education, culminating in the Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. In addition to performing in Boogie2Shooz and as a free-lance saxophonist, Pam’s current activities also include a busy schedule as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Maine at Augusta, in the Jazz and Contemporary music program.