If you go
What: Late Night House Party
When: 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Clay Center's Walker Theater
Tcikets: $10 at the door; cash bar available
CHARLESTON, W.Va. --A funny thing happened in Tim Courts' long history of serving as drummer with the Bob Thompson unit.
Jazz lovers who saw the group play in the region, including a regular weekly gig at the Boulevard Tavern, got older.
"The traditional jazz lovers are almost 20 years older than when I started — and they were older at the time," said Courts, who is 38.
"I was just talking with Bob a couple of weeks ago, and we were kind of reminiscing about who was there when we first started versus who has passed or is now at the age where they cannot get to concerts," he said.
Courts realized jazz needed a younger audience if it were to survive here. And he had an idea he thought could help breathe new life into the local jazz scene, which includes the Charleston Jazz Series season.
"We needed something to get the younger people's attention. I think people like something familiar, so my idea was to take their songs and do it in a jazz way," he said. "Take the hip-hop or R&B songs that they're accustomed to, and do some improvisation to it.