In a way that's what Japhy Ryder does, and very well I might add. Based in Burlington, Japhy Ryder is a funky, jazzy, and beat-centric quartet with trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums. They take a jazz base and electrify it with beats and energy which is fantastic for dancing. I am not the biggest jazz based modern music fan, but like what Japhy does in taking the mournful sounds of jazz, especially with great trumpet playing (and I can judge that as my bro is a classically trained phenomenal trumpeter), and creating jams and beats around that voice. I also like that there is no voice, vocally speaking. There is sometimes nothing worse than a good jam band feeling they need to have vocals and sticking one of the members on the mike when they really can't sing, never mind the sound issues that come with adding vocals to a band. Japhy Ryder knows what they do well and they do it, smart move boys.
I have boogied down to them before and even got my first kiss from my sweetie at a Japhy Ryder show! Last week they played the Five Year Anniversary Party at Nectars, an early, happy hour crowd, and proved they can also provide great background music for an event without making anyone there feel uncomfortable that no one's paying attention to the band. While those are not the most fun gigs for a band, they did a great job and the music was certainly enjoyed by everyone there.
Japhy Ryder has a ton of Vermont shows coming up and while I am happy to provide links to their website - www.japhyryder.com - and their My Space Page, I am also going to list their calendar because you should check them out. Plus, they're doing quite a few apres ski gigs which are a great way to support local music, local mountain life, and local beers!
Feb 2, 9 pm, James Moore Tavern - Bolton Valley Ski Resort
Feb 8, 10:15 pm, Oliver’s (Cask’n Flagon), Boston
Feb 16, 3 pm, Castle Rock Pub - Sugarbush Ski Resort
Mar 1, 9 pm, James Moore Tavern - Bolton Valley Ski Resort
Mar 22, 9 pm, James Moore Tavern - Bolton Valley Ski Resort
Mar 27, 11 pm, the Monopole, Plattsburgh
Mar 29, 3 pm, Castle Rock Pub - Sugarbush Ski Resort
Apr 5, 9 pm, James Moore Tavern - Bolton Valley Ski Resort
Apr 11, 9 pm, Unity College, Maine
Apr 19, 11 pm, the Monopole, Plattsburgh
Apr 26, 10 pm, The Hub, Johnson
Jul 26, 9 pm, Samson’s Bar & Grill, Paul Smith, New York
I'll be at the Sugarbush shows - hope to see some peeps there!