Count Basie Center Academy, More, to be Featured on News 12 ‘Sounds of the Season’ Special

This Saturday night (Dec. 19),  Students from the Count Basie Center Academy will participate in News 12 New Jersey’s annual “Sounds Of The Season” broadcast.

Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy, the Zzak Applaud Our Kids Foundation and Howell’s RockNRollChorus. “Sounds Of The Season,” which in previous years has been recorded live onstage at the Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, pivoted this season to allow organizations to record and submit their performances instead.

“Students from our instrumental ensemble programs and A Cappella Troupe came together and brought life to three beloved holiday songs,” said Dr. Lucy Chen, Director of the Count Basie Center Academy’s School of Music. “Our instructor, Leo Soeda, turned the songs into a holiday medley of ‘The Christmas Song,’ ‘Christmas Time is Here,’ and ‘Linus and Lucy’ – known to many from A Charlie Browns Christmas, but presented with a twist to include classical, jazz, and even pop music elements.”

News 12 New Jersey’s “Sounds Of The Season” is scheduled to run on the following dates / times:

December 19 & 20: 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm

December 24: 8pm

December 25: Midnight, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 8pm

This Saturday, the Basie will present Glen Burtnik’s “Socially Distanced XMAS” extravaganza at The Vogel, located at the Count Basie Center for the Arts. Tickets for the show–a late afternoon matinee and evening performance with accommodating 150 patrons each–are available now at

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