2020 THE YEAR OF COUNT BASIE
Catch The Count Basie Fever
We’re excited about The Year of Basie.
William “Count” Basie was born in Red Bank on August 21, 1904, and he walked the streets of Red Bank like we do today. He attended school here and was inspired to become a musical entertainer by the annual carnival that came to town. “2020: The Year of Basie” was cut short by COVID-19, however, we’re still moving forward with great enthusiasm to celebrate Basie, with a virtual twist, a Facebook Live Fundraiser event on his birthday. Are you Up For The Count? We’re inviting merchants, businesses, local officials, art galleries, theaters and others to celebrate the name of Count Basie. The town-wide public exhibit will tell the story and roots of Count Basie, a story that hasn’t been told anywhere in Red Bank. There’s so much to the Count Basie story that people who live, work and shop here do not know. The bandleader was revered by jazz musicians and his legacy lives on today through the Count Basie Orchestra, which is celebrating its 85th Anniversary this year. The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center is prepared to tell his story and underscore this rich history that Red Bank takes pride in.
Count Basie images courtesy of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University/Newark
“I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, ‘Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'”
Don’t Miss Out on the Excitement . . . Count Me In
WILLIAM “COUNT” BASIE
A FUNDRAISER EVENT
Friday, August 21
Join us on Facebook Live from the Historic T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, with Vel Johnson’s Jazz Band, playing and paying homage to the musical icon Count Basie
Time: 7- 9 pm ON FACEBOOK LIVE
A LOVE LETTER TO COUNT BASIE: FROM THE GREAT MIGRATION TO THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Friday, September 25
VIP Reception 6-9 pm
Guest Artist Alan Burgess
The exhibit opens to the public on September 26 with two ongoing tour sessions Saturday – Sunday from 1-3 pm, 4-6 pm, until the close of the exhibition in 2021. Reserve your spot 20 visitors per session. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732.383.5483
Adults: $15 Students & Seniors $5
Friday September 25
Friday September 25 – VIP RECEPTION & ARTIST MEET & GREET
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center
Make your reservations to tour the exhibit starting Saturday September 26, open to the public from 1-3 pm and 4-6 pm (20 reservations accepted per session). First come first served. email@example.com or call 732,383,5483 to reserve your tour ticket.
Adults $15 Students & Seniors $5
ARE YOU UP FOR THE COUNT?
A COMMUNITY WIDE CELEBRATION
Are you Up For The Count? We’re inviting merchants, businesses, local officials, art galleries, theaters and others to celebrate the name of Count Basie. The town-wide public campaign comes with a window decal of Count Basie and a Count Basie virtual tour map of places that are connected to Count Basie’s life (hard copies available). Restaurant/bars create your own “Up for the Count,” bourbon inspired cocktail . . . Cheers. For more information and to participate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732.383.5483