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Count Basie Center for the Arts

Count Basie Center for the Arts

99 Monmouth Street

Count Basie Center for the Arts, a 1926 historic theatre named after jazz great William James “Count” Basie who was born here in 1904, is located in the heart of downtown Red Bank. The Count Basie Theatre alone draws over 130,000 thousand people annually, in addition to the thousands who flock to Red Bank’s annual film and music festivals.

Opened on November 11, 1926 as a vaudeville theater and cinema, The Count Basie began life as The Carlton. It drew crowds until 1970, when highways and malls drew the crowds away from downtowns. In 1973, a significant private donation enabled the Monmouth County Arts Council to purchase the building. It was re-named after jazz great and Red Bank native William James “Count” Basie in 1984. The Count Basie Theatre became an independent non-profit corporation in 1999.

During the summer of 2008, the theater closed for an $8 million dollar renovation that included restoration of the plasterwork, decorative painting, infrastructure and HVAC work, new carpeting and lighting fixtures, new bars and merchandise counters, and the addition of a new VIP patron lounge.

Count Basie Center’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music

Count Basie Center’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music

65 Chestnut Street

With a well-earned reputation for educational and musical excellence the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, under the Artistic/Executive Direction of Vladislav Kovalsky, has a broader commitment to lifelong learning and community outreach. In addition to our highly acclaimed private instruction the Conservatory offers a unique educational experience through group classes, public performances, recitals and community outreach.

Jack’s Music Shoppe

Jack’s Music Shoppe

35 Broad Street

First opened across Broad Street (where Ashes Restaurant is now) in 1970, Jack’s Music is owned by Red Bank native Jack Anderson and provides everything a musician or music lover needs, from CDs to oboe reeds to concert tickets. The store occasionally hosts musical events, and has been mobbed during record signings by Springsteen or Bon Jovi, both local residents. It was used as a location for Kevin Smith’s movie Chasing Amy, and as “Brodie’s Secret Stash” in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Check out the mural on the outdoors back entrance.

The Basie Center Cinemas

The Basie Center Cinemas

36 White Street

The Count Basie Center for the Arts, has assumed operations of the historic White Street cinema in Red Bank, opening as the rebranded Basie Center Cinemas.

40+ year old White Street complex in Red Bank to remain haven for independent film; expanded slate to offer discussions, festivals & more.

The Vogel Theater

The Vogel Theater

99 Monmouth St

The new state-of-the-art performance venue, The Vogel is open. The Vogul is named for area philanthropists Anne and Sheldon Vogel, in recognition of their support of the Count Basie Center for the Arts. Mr. Vogel’s career with Atlantic Records is the stuff of music business legend; hired by Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun himself, Mr. Vogel traveled the world and oversaw finances as the storied label signed everyone from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, YES, Manhattan Transfer and others.

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