Introducing: The Count Basie Center for the Arts

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank has a new name–The Count Basie Center for the Arts.

Yesterday (May 16), the venue–which is now in the midst of a $26 million expansion–announced the news, with President and CEO Adam Philipson pledging continuing the legacy of William James “Count” Basie and support for arts, education, and community involvement.

“For 34 years, the ‘Count Basie Theatre’ name has been synonymous with the region’s very best in arts and entertainment,” said  Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “Today, we raise the Basie name to represent all that this regional, center for the arts stands for: our nonprofit mission of arts and education, our work in schools and the community, and all of the excellence and excitement that comes from that. Today, we are the Count Basie Center for the Arts.”

A  new logo designed by Basie Creative Director Andrew Musser–“Energy”–represents the organization’s color palate, mimicking the gold, blue and darker tones of the theater.

“ENERGY’ represents the movement of our organization from the four walls of a performance hall to the greater point of a center,” Musser says. “And within that center, performances, arts education, and a diversity of art forms synergize and foster a creative community.”

Currently, the theater’s $26 million expansion on the west end of the building is set to house the previously announce Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building, as well as the Basie’s as-yet-unnamed second performance space. Construction on the east end project, which will create an expanded lobby, new concessions and restroom facilities, a new Basie members lounge, the Stillwell-Larkin Pavilion and a spacious outdoor plaza, will follow.

“With our groundbreaking last fall, we began our expansion on the west end of our building,” said Tom Widener, Chairman, Count Basie Center Board of Trustees. “Building a creative campus in the heart of Red Bank, with multiple buildings and continuous activity, has long been a dream of our board. It is exciting to see this dream begin to materialize.”

This week, the theater is presenting Art Garfunkel on May 16, and “Get The Led Out,” The American Led Zeppelin show, May 18.  Next month, The Pretenders return on June 28, and this fall the American Idol tour –American Idol: Live 2018! (maybe you noticed Maddie Poppe doing an amazing version of a Simon and Garfunkel tune on the show) Sept. 14.

The Count Basie Center for the Arts is located at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.