Red Bank community honors jazz great and hometown legend Count Basie

(08/21/04) RED BANK - Jazz legend William Count Basie would have turned 100 years old on Saturday. The famous musician was born in Red Bank, and the Monmouth County community has planned a number of festivities in Basie's honor.

The Count Basie Theater was recently renovated, his music was played near the water in Red Bank, and an exhibit about his life was created for the public.

The exhibit chronicles the life of Basie. Many photographs and memorabilia and five of the jazz musician's nine Grammy awards are on display. The free exhibit is located at 17 East Front Street and is open until August 29.

Count Basie grew up at a home on Mechanic Street, which has now been re-named Count Basie Way. He died of cancer in 1984, but his music lives on.

Related Link:Count Basie Theater and Exhibit

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