OK, I'm in a lull period and am ideating again. I want to form a group composed of a core of jazz musicians who also play rock. Keys, bass and drums. They will do background music at events that have a pre-dance social or dinner period. Then, we move to a dance section. We play simple, but good dance hits that get the crowd moving. this group would allow me to use the same musicians for both a jazz and rock-oriented group, with adding a sax player for the rock portion. I don't like working with singers if I can help it. They control repertoire, if they quit, your hard work goes out the window. Often, they don't read music and therefore, don't do charts very well. They are a lot of work to get ready for a gig. They are very hard to sub if not available. They also tend to be more limited in the songs they can sing, compared to instrumentalists who seem to be able to do so much more. So, do you think a dance band can be successful as an instrumental band? Keys, drums, bass, and sax? (with maybe a guitar in there too)? Play danceable tunes like Elvis Presley, Motown, Creedence Clearewater Revival, maybe even newer songs that lend themselves to an instrumental approach? I notice in my smooth jazz band that people do get up and dance to many of the rockier jazz tunesl like Watermelon Man, Comin' Home Baby, certain bossas -- could this be extended get people dancing to a sax-fronted version of Blue Suede Shoes, Rock Around the Clock, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Billie Jean (heard a smooth jazz tribute that could be made poppier and rockier), Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats), Hurt So Good, Old Time Rock and Roll, September, Come Together, Don't Know Why (Norah Jones). Comments welcome...as I think through this.