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OLD GREEN EYES IS BACK, BABY

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Or maybe they’re brown. Let’s just say the headshot at the left is not exactly the most trustworthy.

But never mind that. Joe Piscopo, faux lounge lizard turned actual jazz singer, is returning to Red Bank, following a pair of sold-out shows this summer at a downtown restaurant.

The Count Basie Theatre will be the venue for Piscopo’s encore performance next month, when he takes the stage with the 17-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra, led by our very own conductor-slash-impressario, Joe Muccioli.

The occasion? A birthday tribute to Old Blue Eyes, the late Frank Sinatra, whom Piscopo used to parody with great skill back when he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s.

Sinatra was born Dec. 12, 1915, according to an entry in Wikipedia. He died May 14, 1998.

These days, Piscopo mines the Sinatra songbook with sincerity and, we hear, a pretty good pair of pipes. His show is also intercut with the comedy that launched his fame, and offers him opportunities to show off his skills on several musical instruments.

The show is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30p. Tix are $25 to $50, and available here.

In other news from the Basie…

The Lewis Black show scheduled for November 29 has been postponed until Tuesday, March 25, at 8p.

It seems Black is getting a TV show of his own on Comedy Central that will be taping this fall, which interferes with the original Basie date.

Ticketholders need not return their tickets to the box office; they’ll be honored for the new date. Letters were sent to ticket buyers last week. For further information, call 732.842.9000.

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