Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the lineup of Jazz is PHSH. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
Defining the word jazz can be pretty nebulous — especially when it comes to the world-renowned instrumental Phish tribute band, Jazz is PHSH.
With a lineup of top-notch, prominent musicians, Jazz is PHSH is bringing their fresh groove and improvisation to the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Friday night as a part of a mini tour. This lineup includes Adam (The Chase Brothers), Matthew Chase (James Brown Dance Party), Scott Flynn (Odesza, Pretty Lights), Mark Ingraham (DJ Williams Projekt), Jamar Woods (The Fritz), Cory Baker (Lee Pearson III, Juno What?) and others who performed on the album, “He Never Spoke A Word.”
“I think it's a cool interpretation of stuff that I've heard a hundred times," said Chris Malarkey, who booked the band to perform at the Lincoln Theatre. "It's refreshing to see somebody take something, dissect it, put it back together and have it resemble the same exact thing but in a totally different way. I think it's exciting.”
The band was founded in September 2015 by Adam and Matthew Chase. The title, Jazz is PHSH, is a nod to the popular Grateful Dead tribute band Jazz is Dead. In terms of jazz, the band focuses on how music is explored and the idea of pushing boundaries. By reinventing the music in an entirely instrumental form, Jazz is PHSH uniquely explores the music of one of the most important and influential bands in rock 'n' roll history.