Jazz lounge hits high note in Smyrna

Drummer's Corner Jazz Lounge, on Wheatleys Pond Road, west of Smyrna, features live jazz music Friday through Sunday. It's open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. (Delaware State News/Arshon Howard)

Drummer’s Corner Jazz Lounge, on Wheatleys Pond Road, west of Smyrna, features live jazz music Friday through Sunday. It’s open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. (Delaware State News/Arshon Howard)

 

SMYRNA — Len Woods said the soothing sounds of jazz music is spiritual food for those who have a taste for it.

“I think jazz taps all generations, but mentally you have to be open to receive it,” Mr. Woods said.

“If you’re closed minded it will blow right past you, but if you’re open minded it will scoop you right up.”

Len Woods is the general manager of the newly opened Drummer’s Corner Jazz Lounge. (Submitted/Len Woods)

Len Woods is the general manager of the newly opened Drummer’s Corner Jazz Lounge. (Submitted/Len Woods)

Mr. Woods is the general manager of the newly opened Drummer’s Corner Jazz Lounge at 4793 Wheatleys Pond Road in Smyrna.

The lounge gives patrons a chance to listen to live jazz music as they enjoy their meals, which is a void that Philadelphia native Mr. Woods thought was missing in Kent County.

“I used to play the bass when I was younger and just being around the entertainment industry as far as places in Philadelphia there wasn’t anything here like that,” Mr. Woods said.

“I migrated down here about two years ago and some of my friends and I got together and decided to bring some of that Philly flavor to Smyrna.”

He said there wasn’t a place where older adults could go out and enjoy themselves.

“I think other venues cater towards the younger generation,” Mr. Woods said. “Our brand is jazz.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to give the community not something they want, but what is needed in this area. It’s a great place for the adult crowd.”

But Mr. Woods said finding the perfect location took longer than expected.

“Once my friends and I got to Delaware we were looking for the ideal location for the lounge,” Mr. Woods said.

“That was the big driving factor for us landing as this property. We were always looking and I think when you’re looking for something you will eventually find it.”

He said it took a year until they found the location in Smyrna.

“The timing was right and the opportunity presented itself and we jumped on it as soon as we could.”

Since opening in April the lounge has become very popular amongst residents.

“It just spread by word of mouth,” Mr. Woods said. It’s been great. We’re blessed. We’re putting out a product and people are buying into it.”

Dover resident Paul Rivera agreed.

“It’s a great place,” Mr. Rivera said. “There’s live jazz and the food is excellent.

“The location may be a challenge for some, but it’s only about a 15 minute ride from Dover. I believe we need to support all small businesses. I plan on attending again.”

The lounge gives jazz bands a chance to showcase their talents every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Vaughn Bratcher, entertainment coordinator of the lounge said the opportunity immediately sparked his interest.

“I was just a supporter at first,” Mr. Bratcher said. “We’ve been asking and looking for a place like this.

Maryland-based Jazz Band The Bratcher Project are always excited when they perform at the newly opened Drummer’s Corner Jazz Lounge at 4793 Wheatleys Pond Road in Smyrna. (Submitted/Len Woods)

Maryland-based Jazz Band The Bratcher Project are always excited when they perform at the newly opened Drummer’s Corner Jazz Lounge at 4793 Wheatleys Pond Road in Smyrna. (Submitted/Len Woods)

“I used to question why there weren’t any places like this. I just came on as support and encouragement to make sure this worked anyway that I could.”

Mr. Bratcher, who resides in Millington, Maryland, also plays the electric bass guitar for his band the Bratcher Project.

The band has played in the venue a few times as well.

“Nothing can beat that atmosphere,” Mr. Bratcher said. “It’s a great feeling because it feels like you’re connected with everyone in the room.”

He said other bands have reached out to him to perform at the lounge.

“People had to drive long distances to get this type of feeling and atmosphere,” Mr. Bratcher said. “But now they can get a taste of that here in Smyrna.

“Bands have reached out to me as well. It’s spreading as other musicians are starting to hear about it since there aren’t a lot of venues to play at in this area.”

Mr. Woods said he hopes the establishment is the ideal destination for everyone moving forward.

“Our biggest thing is we don’t just want to provide entertainment we want provide a place where people can enjoy themselves,” Mr. Woods said.

“We want to make it a destination. We want people from other cities to come down here and be a part of this as well.”

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