Red Bank, NJ

Famed jazz musician, composer and bandleader Count Basie was born in Red Bank in 1904. He led Count Basie Orchestra anc made significant contributions to jazz music and wrote norable songs including “April in Paris” and “One O’Clock Jump.” In 1958, he became the first African-American to win a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Performance, Group category for his album The Atomic Mr. Basie. He would go one to earn a total of nine Grammys. Over the course of his 60-year career, Basie released over 35 albums and appeared in eight movies.

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