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RUMSON: JUST ANOTHER TEARDOWN?

8 navesink ave 0901148 navesinkA riverfront mansion in Rumson may put a new spin on the concept of real estate teardowns. The 12,000-square-foot house at 8 Navesink Avenue, with eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, was razed recently. The property was the subject of a live auction in July, 2013, when it failed to attract a single offer at the minimum bid of $2.6 million. Four months later, however, it sold for $5.6 million to Dennis and Marshall Lynch, according to Monmouth County records. The Lynches won planning board approval in April to build a new residence on the 1.9-acre site. (Photo above by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: BASIE (AND JOHNNY), 365

keith marks 082214“Pied Piper of Jazz” Keith Marks keynoted a new slate of free outdoor jazz concerts on August 22 — a Count Basie 365 Cultural Series that continues Friday evening with vocalist Valarie Adams and showband.

Like a lot of institutions in the town that birthed the great “Count” Basie, it honors the “Kid from Red Bank” who became one of the pivotal bandleaders of jazz’s golden age — a living link that’s rooted in a place where the likes of Al Wright and Joe Muccioli continue to uphold the tradition.

Continuing for the next three Fridays at West Side Park (aka “the pocket park”) on the corner of Drs. James Parker Boulevard and Shrewsbury Avenue (aka DJ2 ‘n Shrew), the third annual Count Basie 365 Cultural Series also pays tribute to a real unsung hero of the art form — Ralph Gatta, longtime proprietor of Johnny’s Jazz Market, and an aficionado whose exuberant passion and expertise on all things jazz were second to no one’s.

A project of the mayor-appointed Red Bank Borough’s Vision Committee, the series kicked off on August 22 with a concert by a frequent summer-season guest performer — jazz flautist Keith Marks. The music resumes on September 5 with the return of another staple of summer concert stages, Valarie Adams and the Dimensions, with the dynamic showband bringing their encyclopedic setlist of soul/ Motown/ funk favorites beneath the stars at 6:45 pm.

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RED BANK: HIP & HUMBLE HOPS

26 monmouth 082614Chairs and a ladder claimed a parking space for Hip & Humble’s departure last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallHaving tried three storefronts downtown, imported furniture retailer Hip & Humble Home has called it quits on Red Bank.

redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn also has updates on Tim McLoone’s planned Broad Street restaurant; a proposed take-out-and-delivery-only organic restaurant on Leighton Avenue; and Ray Rapcavage’s proposed market and homes on Harding Road – all just after the “read more.”

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SEA BRIGHT: SO LONG, SUMMER THRONGS

sh beaches 090114 2sb surfer 090114 1Beachgoers thronged the sands of Sandy Hook, above, and Sea Bright, right, on a hot, muggy Labor Day that marked the unofficial end of summer Monday. For locals, of course, a new season of free access to wide-open beaches begins.

More photos after the jump… (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: LIGHT SWITCH MAY SLOW FLOW

rb drs p int 090114A switchover to new traffic signals at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank could cause traffic delays Tuesday. Police Chief Darren McConnell said the work, under the auspices of Monmouth County, is expected to begin after the morning rush. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CAR BURGLARY SPREE REPORTED

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014Calls to Red Bank police were “coming in fast and furious” Monday morning as East Side residents awoke to find their cars burglarized, Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

By 9:45 a.m. Labor Day, at least 10 reports of overnight thefts from parked cars had been received, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: TWO AGAINST NATURE

Steely DanContinuing a triumphal return to the concert stage, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring their 2014 edition of Steely Dan back to the Basie for a two-night stand on September 3 and 4. (Photo by Danny Clinch) 

At a top-ticket price of 200 bucks — and that’s without even a meet-and-greet — it’s a premium attraction for even so stately a stage as the Count Basie Theatre. But then, time was you couldn’t buy the thrill of a live show by Steely Dan at any price, since the jazz-rock combine of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker removed themselves from the road at the height of their hitmaking run — a trick usually reserved for, say, The Beatles and no one else.

Having pretty much sat out the 1980s in their entirety, the Fagen-Becker team made a surprising reunion 20 years ago — and an equally surprising about-face, when they became known more for their hard-touring live act than for their ultra-precise studio recordings (including 2000′s Grammy album of the year Two Against Nature). When Steely Dan takes the Basie boards with their accomplished crew of jazz-seasoned players, it will be a two-night midweek stopover on the banks of the Navesink, September 3 and 4.

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RED BANK: DANCER GETS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Nick Mishoe dancing as a member of the two-person Blue Journey in the ‘America’s Got Talent’ quarterfinals earlier this month, and in his Red Bank studio, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

nichola mishoe 081814School may just be getting back in session, but the young dancing students of Red Bank’s Academy of Dance Arts will have a good excuse for staying up late on Wednesday night.

Their instructor, Nick Mishoe, is half of a dancing pair called Blue Journey that has made it to the semifinals of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’

For the uninitiated, AGT is “a giant talent show in which we’re competing against acrobats, magicians, jump-ropers, musical groups” and more for a grand prize of $1 million, Mishoe tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: A LABOR OF LOVE FOR ISAAK

Chris Isaak“Keepin’ a low profile” as ever, retro-rocking crooner Chris Isaak makes another encore appearance at the Count Basie Theatre this SUNday, gigging behind a heartfelt tribute to the million-dollar giants of the legendary Sun Studios stable.

He was marketed in the 1980s as that hunky California-bred crooner with a sensitive, vulnerable side; a sharp-dressed, retro-styled rocker with a smooth Elvissy tone, a championship pout and a perfect poker face for sexy videos — as well as a surreal string of songs about how lonely he was, how his baby’s gone away, even how “I watch your funeral in the rain.”

Fans who flocked to his live shows quickly discovered another whole side of Chris Isaak entirely — a beaming, engaged and energetic entertainer; a musicologist with a sly penchant for the surprise cover tune. A born joker and onstage cut-up, whose considerable comic skills were shown to fine effect in his (unfortunately overlooked) Showtime sitcom of several seasons back.

Still navigating the hairdo-messing currents of the millennial music biz with wisdom and grace, Isaak and his most excellent compadres in Silvertone make another in an ever-growing series of appearances at the Count Basie Theatre this Sunday, August 31 — a show that promises a mix of his own signature songs (including “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing”) with selections from his most recent release to date, 2011′s Beyond the Sun.

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NAVESINK RIVER: DREDGEFUL WORK

currituck 082714redbankgreen reader Michael McMahon snapped this shot of the Army Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck working in our beautiful Navesink River near the Oceanic Bridge earlier this week.

A “hopper” dredge, the ship features a hull that opens along its length to scoop up spoils from the river bottom. It’s working to clear shoals in both the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers, and depositing the spoils on the ocean side of Sandy Hook,  according to a report by Dvids.net, which has more info about the vessel and the project. (Photo by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: CHRISTIE PLEDGES SEAWALL FIX

sb seawall 051114Sea Bright will get $8.5 million from the state to repair and fill gaps in its seawall, adding protection from future storms for the downtown, Governor Chris Christie said in a visit to the borough Thursday, according to NJ.com. Financed by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Shore Protection Fund, the project is scheduled to go out to bid later this year, with construction slated to begin next spring or early next summer, Christie said. Above, a portion of the barrier as it appeared in May. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PARK CIRCLE MAY HONOR WHITE

rb marine park 082814Under an ordinance proposed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, the circle at Marine Park would be named for late Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, Katharine Elkus White, is up for a drive in the park.

Marine Park, that is. Mayor Pasquale Menna on Wednesday night proposed naming the parking area at the riverfront facility for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark.

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RED BANK: JOAN RIVERS SHOW ON HOLD

joan rivers abcFriday’s show at the Basie was one of 26 appearances the 81-year-old comedian had lined up between now and late November, ABC News reports.  (Click to enlarge)

One day before she was scheduled to appear in Red Bank, comedian Joan Rivers was hospitalized in New York Thursday.

With the the tart-tongued 81-year-old said to be in critical but stable condition, the Count Basie Theatre has postponed a show slated for Friday night.

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