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 […]

Count Basie Center Gospel Choir sets workshop, spring auditions

  (RED BANK | FEBRUARY 4, 2021) The Count Basie Center has announced a virtual workshop and a fresh set of online auditions for singers of all vocal categories interested in learning more and making a play at joining the organization’s new gospel choir. On Saturday, Feb. 20, choir director Gwen Moten will conduct an […]

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Basie Center announces recipients of annual Pat DiNizio Music Performance Scholarships

  (RED BANK – DEC 23) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced the recipients of this year’s Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarships. Alejandra Morales, 15, of Bayville and Gabriel McGivern-Jiminez, 16, of Wall, were selected from dozens of applicants for this year’s awards. Each will receive $500 towards programs as part of […]

In a first, Count Basie Center can accept cryotpcurrency donations

  Gifts of Bitcoin, Ether and other cryptocurrencies now accepted as part of the Basie Recovery Fund (OCT. 22 2020 | RED BANK) As it attempts to emerge from a 7+ month closure due to the global pandemic,  the historic Count Basie Center for the Arts announced today it has become one of the first […]

New Count Basie Center Gospel Choir announces auditions

  RED BANK – The nonprofit Count Basie Center for the Arts has set virtual audition dates for the new Count Basie Center Gospel Choir. Virtual auditions for voices in all vocal categories – soprano, alto, tenor and bass – will be held between 10AM – 2PM on Saturday Dec. 12 and Saturday, December 19. […]

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Count Basie Center for the Arts unveils The Vogel

  New, state-of-the-art performance venue opens in October with social distancing and safety measures in place; performance announcements kicking off shortly (SEPT. 29 | RED BANK) The Count Basie Center for the Arts today unveiled its long-awaited second performance venue: The Vogel. With Governor Murphy’s decree that indoor venues may open to limited capacities – […]

GALLERY: Introducing The Vogel

  The Count Basie Center for the Arts has unveiled its long-awaited second performance venue: The Vogel. Here’s a sneak-peek at The Vogel, which will start safe, socially-distanced indoor concerts in October:

Jeremy Grunin named Chairman, Count Basie Center Board Of Trustees

  Philanthropist and Grunin Foundation president has served on the Basie Center board since 2015 (SEPT. 17 | RED BANK) The Count Basie Center for the Arts, the not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “Inspire, Educate and Entertain,” announced today that Jeremy Grunin has accepted the role of Chairman of its Board of […]

Kevin Hart original dates changing; new performances added by popular demand

(RED BANK / OCEANPORT | AUG 31 2020) Due to an unforeseen conflict, KEVIN HART’s performances at the Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park are changing dates: Thursday, September 3rd’s 6:30pm performance will now take place on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) with a 7pm showtime** Thursday, September 3rd’s 9:30pm performance will now take place on […]

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 […]