Catch The Count Basie Fever 


We’re excited about The Year of Basie. 

Count Basie was born in Red Bank in 1904 and 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” will involve as many merchants, businesses, local officials, art galleries, theaters and others to celebrate the name of Count Basie.  The year-long campaign will showcase “pop-up” exhibits throughout the town that focuses on “The Kid from Red Bank.”  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.  

“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.'”  

Due to COVID-19 all events at this time have been cancelled 

Scheduled Events

Sunday, March 8
Bill Basie: The Kid from Red Bank – A Multimedia
Presentation, by Charlie & Pam Horner
Time: 3-5 pm
Location: T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center
94 Drs. James Parker Blvd.
Donation – $5

Monday, April 13
Talkin’ Jazz Lecture Series
“April in Paris,” by Count Basie, Presented by Joe Mucciolli
The Jazz Arts Project
Time: 7- pm
Location: Two River Theater 21 Bridge Ave.


Saturday, May 9 -23
“Basie & Billie Together Again”
This exhibit showcases personal artifacts of “Lady Day” and a moment in time when Billie Holiday and The Count performed in Red Bank in 1938
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Detour Gallery 24 Clay St.

Friday, May 29
Music Beyond Measure, “Lady Sings the Blues”  
Featuring: Tamara Williams
Time 6-8 pm
Johnny Jazz Park (Corners of Shrewsbury Ave. and Drs. James Parker Blvd.  An “Inside Two River Theater”
FREE event

Friday, June 19
Deftet – “An Evening of Swingin’ Jazz”
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Johnny Jazz Park
Red Bank Parks & Recreation
FREE event 


Summer Jazz Café
Presented by The Jazz Arts Project
Time: 8 pm
Location: Two River Theater
Friday, Saturday July 10-11
Friday, Saturday July 17-18 –
Friday, Saturday July 24-25 –
Friday, July 31
Saturday, August 1
*Stay Tuned – Artists TBA
All shows $28

We’re Celebrating the Count’s Birthday
Friday, August 21
“Count Basie: The Kid from Red Bank” Exhibit
VIP Opening Reception
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center

Saturday, August 22
“Count Basie: The Kid from Red Bank,”
Exhibit Opens to the General Public
Donation $8


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