Basie Center sets golf, tennis outing fundraiser for Sept. 29

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts is adding a new twist to its annual golf outing in September: tennis! The Basie’s annual golf (and tennis!) outing takes place Tuesday, September 29 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive in Farmingdale. This year’s outing features morning and afternoon shotguns, with […]

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The Crooner Meets The Piano Man: Online concert to benefit the nonprofit Basie Center

  (RED BANK MAY 29, 2020) – “The Crooner Meets The Piano Man,”  an online concert to take place Tuesday, June 2nd at 8pm on theBASIE.org and www.facebook.com/basiecenter, will benefit the nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts. Starring Michael Martocci, whose Memories Of Frank Sinatra birthday performances have dazzled Basie Center audiences, the broadcast […]

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Basie Academy students to celebrate neighbor nonprofit Lunch Break

  Students from the Count Basie Center Academy‘s schools of music and performing arts will join forces on Friday for an online concert to raise awareness for Lunch Break, the Red Bank not-for-profit with a mission to provide life’s basic necessities of food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to financially insecure individuals and families in […]

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Basie CEO on CNBC: Survival does not look great for us, or the arts sector

  Count Basie Center for the Arts President and CEO Adam Philipson appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” broadcast Tuesday, warning host Tyler Mathisen that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will reap devastating losses for the arts without government assistance. “Survival does not look great for us — in fact, it doesn’t look great for […]

The Count Basie Center for the Arts Needs Your Help

  Today, the Count Basie Center for the Arts joins forces with more than 1,000 independent venues as members of the new National Independent Venue Association. As both an independent and not-for-profit organization, the Count Basie Center for the Arts relies on support from the public and our legislators to help continue our mission to […]

The Basie’s #OptimismProject: Messages of hope from our historic marquee

  “Now Showing: A dose of optimism.” So rang a recent headline on NJ.com, describing the intent of the Count Basie Center for the Arts of using its marquee – a shining beacon on an otherwise empty, socially distanced Monmouth Street in Red Bank – to spread words of hope and expressions of thanks during […]

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Basie Center partners Poetry Out Loud offer downtime, National Poetry Month tips

Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation competition supported regionally by the Count Basie Center Academy since 2015, has made a series of online resources available to celebrate words and verses. Released in early April to kick off National Poetry Month, the resources recognize the world’s pivot to distance learning. For example, 30 Ways to Celebrate […]

Basie Center Conservatory to offer free “Science Of Sound” web session this Saturday

The Count Basie Center Conservatory will present a free, online web program Saturday on the magic of making noise. “The Science Of Sound” is a free, hour-long web session for students interested in learning about vibrations, sound waves, pitch and frequency. Advance registration is required, along with access to a phone, desktop, laptop or tablet […]

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Winners announced for the 2020 Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest

  (RED BANK – APRIL 6, 2020) Winners were announced today in the 2020 Count Basie Teen + College Film Fest, following a weeks’ worth of public screenings and ‘Audience Choice’ voting in the competition’s pivot online following social distancing guidelines in light of the COVID-19 crisis. More than 6,200 viewers watched this year’s selections. […]

Basie Center announces ‘ARTS MADNESS’ tournament for ‘Jersey talent

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Jersey’s leading nonprofit performing arts center, is turning downtime into gametime: It’s ARTS MADNESS. Beginning today, the Basie’s three-week ‘tournament’ sill solicit one-minute videos from musicians, local bands, dancers, actors, comedians, musical theatre performers and all others aged 10-25. 32 of the best videos will be […]

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A Message From Our CEO + A Plea to Support The Arts

  Dear Patrons, During this incredibly difficult moment in our history, we are thankful to have you as part of the Basie family. I am writing to you to give an update on what is happening at the Count Basie Center for the Arts. Currently, the historic theater is dark, and performances are postponed until […]

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Staying sharp: Virtual lessons keep Basie Center Conservatory students on key

  It’s not just K-12 classrooms adjusting to virtual learning this week. At the Count Basie Center’s Conservatory, music lessons have gone interactive, with instructors offering an array of lessons to students via conference call sites, private meeting software – anything to keep performances sharp. Quoting the violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz, Conservatory director Dr. Lucy […]

A Message from the Count Basie Center for the Arts

The health and well-being of patrons, artists, and staff is our top priority. To that end, the Count Basie Center for the Arts has heightened its rigorous cleaning and sanitation procedures facility-wide. We are working with health agencies for information and guidance, and at this time, we are continuing to stress the importance of preventative […]

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Basie Center Education Update: Tom Petty and college prep!

  (March 9, 2020) Students this week at the Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts spent time running down their dreams: Strike the Right Chord for College The Basie Academy School of Music had a fantastic turn out of students and parents at its “Strike the Right Chord for College” workshop.  Students with a […]

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Basie Center Education Update: NJSYO Competition, February Recitals + more!

  (March 1, 2020) Winter at the Academy of the Arts continues, with two of our Conservatory students making a huge splash at the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 3rd annual Concerto Competition, February recitals,  participation in the Tri-District Music Festival and more! New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 3rd annual Concerto Competition Congratulations to Conservatory […]

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Basie Center retains status as New Jersey’s No. 1 performing arts theater

  (RED BANK – JAN. 10) The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts finished 2019 as New Jersey’s top ticket-selling theater venue, in a tally released by Pollstar, the official publication of the live events and concert touring industry. The Basie sold more than 220,000 tickets in 2019, and placing the historic landmark as […]

Meet the Teaching Artist: Jess O’Brien

  Earlier this year, the Count Basie Center Academy brought on its first full-time teaching artist, Jess O’Brien. An accomplished choreographer, director and performer, Jess handles the Academy’s junior productions, teaches dance classes as part of the Basie’s outreach program at Red Bank Primary School, and helps facilitate the Basie Center’s mindALIGNED program, which incorporates […]

Evaluations begin for 15th annual Basie Awards, presented by Bank of America

  (RED BANK – NOV 21) Fall high school theater productions have started throughout Monmouth County, and that can mean just one thing: The 15th 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 20, 2020. Tickets for the perennially […]

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Brian Kirk’s ‘Born’ tributes net $23,000+ for Fulfill

  (RED BANK – OCTOBER 30, 2019) Brian Kirk and The Jirks, the quintessential ‘Jersey Shore party band, showed up to the Basie Center last month and did what few have done: sold out two, back-to-back shows within a matter of hours. The occasion? The 70th birthday of The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. The cause? […]

Meet The Teaching Artist: Marjorie Enerson

  The Count Basie Center Performing Arts Academy offers a host of arts education options for parents and children alike — from private and group vocal and acting lessons, to guidance in acting for television and film, productions like Seussical, Jr. and Shrek, Jr. and more. Today, we introduce Marjorie Enerson, one of the Basie […]

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Meet the Teaching Artist: Broadway vet Deb Lyons

  The Count Basie Center Performing Arts Academy offers a host of arts education options for parents and children alike — from private and group vocal and acting lessons, to guidance in acting for television and film, productions like Seussical, Jr. and Shrek, Jr. and more. Today we introduce Broadway veteran Deb Lyons (Smokey Joe’s […]

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Count Basie Center announces details for 2020 Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship

  (RED BANK – OCT 21) Details were announced today for the 2020 Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship, named in honor of the legendary frontman of The Smithereens who passed away in December 2017. Beginning now, interested students may apply by completing the online form and submitting an audition video at thebasie.org/dinizio. Deadline for submissions […]