Basie Awards

Evaluations begin for 14th annual Basie Awards, presented by Bank of America

  (RED BANK – NOV 2) Fall high school theater productions have started throughout Monmouth County, and that can mean just one thing: The 14th Annual Basie Awards can’t be too far behind. This year’s Basie Awards program and ceremony, presented by Bank of America, is slated for May 22, 2019 at the historic theater. […]

Announcing the Count Basie Center for the Arts Teen + College Film Fest

  Competition and onsite festival will locate and showcase the Garden State’s best student filmmakers – at home and out-of-state (RED BANK – OCT 15) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced the first-ever Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest, with the mission to locate, showcase and recognize student filmmakers from […]

HOPE 10 – THE FINAL HOPE CONCERT set for Dec. 23 at the Count Basie Center

Bobby Bandiera & Friends set historic night to benefit Parker Family Health Center and POAC Autism Services (RED BANK – OCT 15) Musician, bandleader and community icon Bobby Bandiera and the Count Basie Center for the Arts have announced details for HOPE 10 – THE FINAL HOPE CONCERT. The annual charity concert, which has raised […]

Count Basie Center announces details on Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship

  (RED BANK – OCT 12) On the occasion of what would have been his 63rd birthday, details were announced today for the Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship, named in honor of the legendary frontman of The Smithereens who passed away last December. Beginning today, interested students may apply by completing the online form and […]

Area Super Foodtown locations join forces to support the Basie Center

  (RED BANK | SEPTEMBER 28) Super Foodtown locations in Red Bank, Ocean, Port Monmouth, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Girt have joined forces to raise money for arts education programs at the nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts. From now through October 8th, shoppers can make a donation to the Basie upon checkout. It’s […]

Count Basie Center offers Red Bank restaurant exclusives to ticket buyers

  (RED BANK | SEPTEMBER 28) The Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Jersey’s premier nonprofit performing arts venue, has announced an exclusive dining program for Basie patrons. Beginning today, ticket buyers can purchase deals from three of Red Bank’s most popular dining destinations: Pazzo Restaurant on West Front Street, The Bistro at Red […]

Steel pulse: Basie expansion gains visibility with beams and girders

  It’s happening. Work on the expansion of the Count Basie Center for the Arts reached a major milestone this week, as steel construction beams started protruding from the west side of the project – an area which will house the Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building, plus the Basie Center’s new second […]

Holidays at the Basie

Christmas in July: Holiday ’18 programming at the Basie

  (RED BANK | JULY 13) The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced an initial round of programming for the 2018 holiday season. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20th at noon for A Charlie Brown Christmas (Saturday, Nov. 24; 1 & 4pm), the renowned Nebraska Caravan Theatre Company’s production of A Christmas […]

Provident Bank

Count Basie Center receives grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

  (RED BANK | JUNE 11) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced it has received a grant from The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) for its work in area schools. The $7,500 grant is just one of PBF’s First Cycle 2018 Major Grants, which give more than $200,000 across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, […]

Broadway at the Basie

Count Basie Center Announces 2018-19 ‘Broadway At The Basie’ Series

(RED BANK | JUNE 11) The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced the slate for its 2018-19 Broadway At The Basie series presented by World Subaru. National touring productions of The Wizard Of Oz (Oct. 21 – Nov. 1), Elf: The Musical (Nov. 12), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Two shows on Dec. 1), Legally […]

BREAKING: Introducing the Count Basie Center for the Arts

  The name of jazz legend and Red Bank native William James “Count” Basie ascends to represent the sum of the nonprofit organization’s work in arts, education and the community (MAY 14, 2018 – RED BANK) With construction underway on its celebrated, $26 million expansion, officials Monday night at the Count Basie Theatre – the top-selling […]

PROJECT FX, the Count Basie Theatre’s Statewide Student Film Festival presented by Bank of America, announces 2018 winners

  MONTCLAIR U, SUSSEX COUNTY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE TOP PRIZES RED BANK – PROJECT FX, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film festival presented by Bank of America, announced last Saturday the winners of this year’s competition. “Dali Schonfelder: The Nalu Story,” a film by Sussex County Technical High School junior Madison Rambowski, […]

Count Basie Theatre recognizes National Autism Awareness Month with sensory-friendly performances and Arts Academy workshop

  (RED BANK | MARCH 28) As we approach April and Autism Awareness Month, the Count Basie Theatre is proud to present three mainstage, sensory-friendly programs and a new Basie Performing Arts Academy workshop geared specifically for parents, caregivers and children in the autism community. Onstage, the Basie will present three sensory-friendly performances: Goodnight, Goodnight […]

The White Bird of Poston

Basie Summer Opera Camp returns; auditions set for Saturday, April 14

  (RED BANK | MARCH 27) The Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy is proud to announce the return of its Basie Summer Opera camp program, a two-week, audition-based program in August under the direction of Eli Villanueva of the Los Angeles Opera and music director Jasom Tramm. Auditions are set for Saturday, April 14th from […]

Count Basie Theatre announces first-ever Basie Mariachi Festival

(RED BANK | MARCH 23) Drawing on years of successful and renowned Cinco de Mayo concert celebrations, the Count Basie Theatre today announced its first-ever mariachi festival, to take place on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the historic nonprofit theater. Tickets for the BASIE MARIACHI FESTIVAL, priced at $25, are on sale now through, […]

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Basie’s PROJECT FX fest extends entry deadline to April 8

  (RED BANK | MARCH 9 2018) PROJECT FX 2018, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank of America, has announced an extension deadline for this year’s competition. From now until Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 11:59pm, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit to […]

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom, Jr. to headline 2018 Basie Summer Gala

  (RED BANK | MAR 5) The historic Count Basie Theatre, the state’s top-selling performing arts theater and the namesake of jazz great William J. “Count” Basie, has announced Tony ® and Grammy ® award winning “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom, Jr. as headliner for its annual summer gala, which honors the Jay And Linda Grunin […]

Arts Impact Scholarship

Count Basie Theatre Announces Registrations for Annual Arts Impact Scholarships

  RED BANK – The Count Basie Theatre has announced the availability of its annual Arts Impact scholarships available to Monmouth County high school seniors graduating in 2018. The Basie will proudly offer four scholarships: the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship, the Steven and Jaime Schultz […]

Little Steven

Little Steven and the Disciples Of Soul set ‘Holiday Homecoming’ at the Basie

Citi presents Little Steven’s Underground Garage at the Basie Saturday, Dec. 23; tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 27 (OCT. 20 | RED BANK, NJ) Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul have announced a special, tour-ending ‘Holiday Homecoming’ performance at the Count Basie Theatre on Saturday, December 23. Tickets go on sale to the general […]

Tom Petty: A Message from Bobby Bandiera

  Earlier this year, I played the Basie and paid tribute to legendary supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. We performed Wilburys songs, and we played music from Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, and Tom Petty. Tom Petty. God bless Tom Petty. He was one of the great American singer-songwriters, maybe one of the […]

Count Basie Theatre breaks ground on historic $23 million expansion

Nonprofit performing arts center also announces $2 million gift to create the Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building (RED BANK – SEPT. 20, 2017) The Count Basie Theatre today broke ground on a historic $23 million expansion, a project which will see the facility nearly double in size and become one of the […]

Basie CEO in the Asbury Park Press: The impact of arts ed on ‘Jersey leaders

  This article, written by Count Basie Theatre President / CEO Adam Philipson, originally appeared in the Sunday, August 20 edition of the Asbury Park Press.   As a youngster, my school lacked a sports program. I was admittedly undisciplined, and I wasn’t book smart – at least not until later. However, my school did […]

Broadway at the Basie

Count Basie Theatre announces ‘Broadway At the Basie’ series

  (AUGUST 7, 2017 | RED BANK) The historic, nonprofit Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank has announced the events making up its 2017-18 Broadway at the Basie series. Tickets for the following performances go on sale Friday at noon through, phone charge at 732.842.9000 and the Count Basie Theatre box office: A Night […]

Basie receives OceanFirst Foundation grant, announces new details on children’s opera camp

  (RED BANK) The nonprofit Count Basie Theatre announced this week the receipt of a generous grant from the OceanFirst Foundation. “It is so meaningful to have OceanFirst Foundation continue its support of the Count Basie Theatre,” said the Basie’s Maria Sorensen, Vice President of Development. “OceanFirst has a longstanding commitment to the arts in […]