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P.B. & Jam


Jazz is smooth and cool.  Jazz is rage.  

Jazz flows like water.  Jazz never seems to begin  or end.  ~ Nat Wolff

P.B. & Jam's Jazz is all that and more. With the unique and hauntingly beautiful melody of the electric violin, you will be transported to a musical experience like no other. 


P.B. & Jam is a 5-piece smooth jazz ensemble featuring some of the finest musicians in the Northwest.  In addition to Pamela Benton on Jazz Vocals, Electric Violin & Electric Guitar, the band includes Joel Wilson on Bass; Tom Pletcher, Keys; Taylor Belote, Drums; and Tyler Coulston, Guitar. 

Pamela Benton is a multi-instrumentalist recording artist and performs on electric violin and guitar throughout the Western United States. She is a regional favorite and has performed for more than 10 years at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Floating Stage.

Joel Wilson, Electric Bass and Stand up Bass, relocated to Coeur d’Alene from the San Francisco Bay area. Immensely talented, Joel has performed with Smokey Robinson, David Pack from Ambrosia, Randy Travis, Phil Ehart from the band Kansas, and Sammy Hagar, to name a few. 

Tom Pletcher has been a recipient of the Minnesota Jazz Award and Minnesota Public Radio’s, The Jazz Image. P.B. & Jam performs many of his original compositions. He held faculty positions at the MacPhail Center for Music and the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. Tom has been performing and teaching jazz piano and contemporary keyboards for more than 35 years

Tyler Coulsten is a much-in-demand Jazz Guitarist. He performs throughout the region and has a full-time job teaching jazz guitar.

Taylor Belote is the Director of Bands for Deer Park Middle School and High School. He is one of the top-working percussionists in the area, having been the principal percussionist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, a regular in theater orchestra pits throughout the region, and performing in various gigs and as a solo steel pan artist. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music and Performance and a Master’s in Teaching. 

P.B. & Jam In Concert at House of Soul


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About Pamela's Music & Art

Pamela  Benton is dynamic, versatile and one of the finest soloists originating from the San Francisco Bay Area.  She now resides in beautiful Coeur d' Alene Idaho. Pamela is a singer/songwriter, producer, recording engineer and multi-talented instrumentalist. 

Pamela sings and plays live on both the electric violin and lead guitar.  Her first CD, Living by the Lake, is an all-original, all-instrumental CD that has "smooth and easy" instrumentals.  It has been described as relaxing and easy on the  ears. Categories are Smooth Jazz/Light Jazz, Indie Folk Rock and New Age.  The main solo instruments are either electric violin, acoustic , or electric  guitar.  Her second CD is Give Me Wings, featuring more Indie Folk Rock and Smooth Jazz songs that showcase Pamela's vocals.

Pamela's violin is an extension of her soul.   She delights audiences wherever she performs, whether singing, playing the violin or guitar.  The music from her first CD is inspired by the  gentle serenity of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the beauty that surrounds it.  This is truly beautiful music!  

Pamela was classically trained on the  violin and studied classical piano, which she uses to record keyboard sequenced arrangements.  She has performed in more than 10 western states. 

Pamela performs on five instruments including electric violin, acoustic violin (for classical projects),  guitar lead, rhythm, slide, and finger picking; and mandolin.  As well, Pamela teaches violin, mandolin, and guitar.  

Pamela's identical twin sister, Deby Benton Grosjean, is a world renowned Celtic fiddler. Together they have published a Celtic fiddle instruction book called, Fun Celtic Music Series. (see  "MUSIC" page for more information).  They also have a Celtic fusion band called HoneyBee.

Pamela's smooth jazz band is P.B. & Jam, a five piece ensemble featuring some of the finest musicians in the Northwest.

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