Cheers Wine Festival

Cheers! Holiday Wine Festival set for the Basie Center Sunday, Dec. 4

  (RED BANK – November 21, 2022) Six of New Jersey’s finest wineries plus holiday vendors, artisans and entertainers are set for CHEERS!, A Holiday Wine Festival taking place at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank on Sunday afternoon, December 4. Tickets for the 21+ event, held throughout the Count Basie […]

‘A Christmas Carol’ performances rescheduled for late December

Out of an abundance of caution following several cast cases of COVID-19, Phoenix Productions is rescheduling this weekend’s run of “A Christmas Carol” at the Count Basie Center. Tickets marked for Friday, November 18th at 8PM will be honored on Friday, December 23 at 5pm. Tickets marked for Saturday, November 19 at 3PM will be […]

Count Basie Center welcomes Heather Burke to its Board of Trustees

  (RED BANK – November 4, 2022) The Count Basie Center for the Arts, the state’s leading nonprofit performing arts center, is excited to announce the appointment of philanthropist and Impact 100 Jersey Coast co-founder Heather Burke to its Board of Trustees. “In co-founding Impact 100 Jersey Coast, Heather Burke proved herself to be a […]

Forever For Everyone Endowment

Basie Center announces $20m endowment campaign; Charlie Puth named honorary chair

    ‘FOREVER FOR EVERYONE’ ENDOWMENT TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS IN PERPETUITY AND PROMOTE STRATEGIC GROWTH, DIVERSITY & EQUITY  (RED BANK – OCT 24) The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced its $20m ‘Forever For Everyone’ endowment campaign. GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum singer / songwriter / producer Charlie Puth, the onetime student of the […]

Count Basie Center Gospel Choir

Count Basie Center Gospel Choir set to perform at county 9/11 Memorial Sunday

  The Count Basie Center Gospel Choir will join the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners and the Monmouth County Park System for a time of reflection and remembrance this Sunday during a memorial to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony will take place this Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9AM at […]

Basie Academy: International Flair

Summer ’22 at the Basie Center Academy came with international flair

  Mexican and Portuguese students spent part of their summer vacations honing – and discovering – their respective acting bugs (RED BANK) Sunshine, the shore and tourists are practically synonymous. But for three international visitors this summer, it was the stage – and not sand – that filled their vacations with memories to last a […]

Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp

Registration opens for free Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp

  RED BANK – In another example of creative partnerships designed to empower students through the performing arts, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will sponsor a free music camp in partnership with the Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project. Open to current 3-7th grade students in Monmouth and Ocean […]

2022 Basie Awards, presented by Bank of America

Winners announced, high school theatre celebrated at 2022 Basie Awards

  (MAY 25 – RED BANK) Winners were announced this evening at the annual BASIE AWARDS, honoring excellence and achievement in Monmouth County high school theatre. This year’s ceremony, presented by Bank of America, took place live and in person for the first time since 2019, drawing a capacity crowd to the historic performing arts center. “After […]

Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

Winners announced in the 2022 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

Winners have been announced for this year’s 2022 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest: – Middle School Best Film: ‘A Dog’s Day: Featuring Luna’ (Pilar Jacobs, Grover Cleveland Middle School) – High School Best Documentary: ‘The STARS Program’ (Arielle Vidalina Borges, Holmdel High School) – High School Best Narrative: ‘Short’ (Sam Chuck, Mahwah […]

Count Basie Center Gospel Choir sets new round of auditions

  (RED BANK | MARCH 16, 2022) The Count Basie Center Gospel Choir has announced a fresh set of auditions for singers of all vocal categories. Choir Director Gwen Moten will conduct auditions on Saturday, March 26 and Saturday, April 2 from 11-12PM at the Basie Center’s Grunin Arts and Education Building, located onsite at […]

NJPOL

New Jersey Poetry Out Loud crowns its 2022 State Champion

  Italy Whitehead, a junior from Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth, was named State Champion at the 2022 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud State Finals competition. The virtual adjudication took place on March 1st and a compilation video broadcast the following day, March 2nd on the NJPOL YouTube channel. Italy Whitehead will represent New […]

Stephen Sondheim

‘Putting It Together’: Two-night celebration of Sondheim set for Red Bank

  (RED BANK | MARCH 1, 2022) Phoenix Productions, the community theater arm of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, will present Putting It Together, a musical revue showcasing the music of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at The Vogel, the new performance venue located at […]

Who We Are

Basie Center, Monmouth U Social Justice Academy set free screening of ‘Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism in America’

Documentary’s subject, directors will be on hand for live, post-screening discussion (RED BANK | FEBRUARY 1, 2022) The Count Basie Center for the Arts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, in conjunction with Monmouth University’s Social Justice Academy and Intercultural Center, will host a special screening of the new Sony Pictures Classics documentary Who We […]

Phoenix Productions, Count Basie Center announce merger

Count Basie Center, Phoenix Productions announce merger

Two of the state’s most prolific nonprofit performing arts organizations to join forces in Red Bank (RED BANK | FEBRUARY 1, 2022) The Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank-based Phoenix Productions today announced their intentions to merge, allowing the community theatre company to officially become part of the organization which has hosted […]

The Vogel and Bank of America

Count Basie Center, Bank of America Announce Strategic Partnership

  (RED BANK | DEC. 6 2021) The Count Basie Center for the Arts and Bank of America have announced a partnership designating the financial institution as The Preferred Banking and Financial Partner at The Vogel, the Basie Center’s new performance venue, while also providing support to the nonprofit Basie’s arts education and outreach programs. […]

Basie Center Cinemas announces opening of THE MUSTANGS – AMERICA’S WILD HORSES

  Executive Producers Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and Jessica Springsteen take viewers to the American West and show how the survival of the wild horse is at stake  (OCTOBER 11) The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, the incredible story of America’s wild horse population from their turbulent history to their uncertain future, opens at Basie […]

NJPOL

Count Basie Center selected as lead partner for New Jersey Poetry Out Loud

  (OCT 12, 2021) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced it has been selected as the lead partner for New Jersey Poetry Out Loud (NJPOL), the statewide high school recitation program which provides students with a platform to showcase and share their interpretation of poetry. In partnership with the New Jersey State […]

DiNizio

Basie Center announces details for 2022 Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship

(RED BANK – SEPT 17) On the day The Smithereens perform their first New Jersey show in since the onset of the pandemic, details have been announced for the 2022 Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship, named in honor of the New Jersey band’s legendary frontman, who passed away in December 2017. Beginning today, interested students […]

Basie Center Academy Student Productions

Basie Center Academy student productions revealed for inaugural 2021-’22 season

  RED BANK – For the first time ever, the Count Basie Center Academy’s School of Performing Arts has revealed an entire slate of student productions, taking place over the next three sessions on the Basie Center’s big stages. The Addams Family, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Little […]

Broadway at the Basie Center

2021-22 ‘Broadway at the Basie Center’ lineup revealed; on sale 10am Friday

Annual slate of touring Broadway productions sponsored by World Subaru RED BANK – The 2021-22 BROADWAY AT THE BASIE CENTER series has been announced, featuring an eclectic slate of touring productions live at the Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre. Sponsored by World Subaru, this season’s BROADWAY AT THE BASIE CENTER schedule brings some of the […]

2021 Basie Awards presented by Bank of America coming to YouTube, Facebook June 17

  The 2021 Basie Awards presented by Bank Of America will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 8:00PM on Facebook, YouTube and theBASIE.org. In light of the pivots, maneuvers and challenges faced by our area’s high school theater community over the past year, the theme of this year’s Basie Awards is “creativity.” Not just […]

Count Basie Center welcomes three new community leaders to its Board of Trustees

(RED BANK – June 2, 2021) The Count Basie Center for the Arts, the state’s leading nonprofit performing arts center, is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Basie Board are Jerry W. Conaty, CPA, CFE, RMA of Lanoka Harbor, a partner of the Holman Frenia […]

Dogecoin

Basie Center adds Dogecoin to its crypto donation options

  Move allows more crypto donors than ever to take advantage of the currency’s tax advantages  (MAY 5, 2021 | RED BANK) As it continues to recover after a now year-long disruption due to the pandemic, the Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced it can now accept donations of Dogecoin, deepening its options […]

Winners announced in the 2021 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

  (RED BANK – APRIL 14, 2021) Winners of the 2021 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest were announced on Wednesday, following an online industry panel which allowed all officially-selected festival filmmakers to hear from experts working in television and film. In a tumultuous year for students and artists alike, 2021 saw a […]

Count Basie Center announces ‘Concerts On The Green’ outdoor summer concert series

  (RED BANK and EATONTOWN, NJ – MARCH 29, 2021) – The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced Concerts On The Green, an outdoor, socially-distanced concert series kicking off in mid-May at the historic Suneagles Golf Club in Eatontown. All Concerts On The Green tickets include a pre-show dinner reservation. Full COVID-19 safety […]

Basie conservatory students participate in New Jersey Symphony Orchestra masterclass

  Students at the Count Basie Center Academy’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music were treated to a professional, virtual masterclass on Friday courtesy of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. NJSO Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet and Assistant Principal Violinist Izia Weyman spent more than two hours with the Basie’s conservatory students, who took in an invaluable amount […]

Basie Center announces 2021 ARTS MADNESS tourney, sponsored by Bank of America

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Jersey’s leading nonprofit performing arts center, is turning downtime into game time: It’s ARTS MADNESS 2021. Launched last year at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, ARTS MADNESS was an effort to give young artists a chance to showcase their skills, despite the area’s initial lock-downs […]

‘STATUE SEASON’ comes to Basie Center Cinemas with Hollywood’s best of 2020

  Nomadland, The Father, Minari and others set to screen in Red Bank as Hollywood celebrates the year’s best films and performances Tickets, showtimes, trailers + information on all films film available at basiecentercinemas.org [RED BANK] The Count Basie Center’ Basie Center Cinemas, located at 36 White Street in Red Bank, is celebrating Hollywood’s best […]

Count Basie Center to receive $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

  [RED BANK | FEB. 4 2021] The Count Basie Center for the Arts has been approved for a $100,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support mindALIGNED, the organization’s collective impact initiative in the areas of professional development for educators, creative teaching strategies, artist residencies and arts experiences. The Basie Center’s project is among […]