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Count Basie Theater
99 Monmouth Street | [map]
The Count Basie Theatre, 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 Count Basie Theatre 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.
Jack’s Music Shoppe
35 Broad Street | [map]
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.
Monmouth Conservatory of Music
50 White Street | [map]
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.