RED BANK: VOCALLY SOURCED ‘N ORGANIC

straight-no-chaser_event-640x420The 10-piece a cappella ensemble Straight No Chaser (above) returns to the Count Basie Theatre Tuesday. Wednesday brings a sonic summit between scatmasters Manhattan Transfer (below) and Take 6.

manhattantransfer-sq1Two midweek nights, one famous stage, 20 grand and harmonious human voices.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the sing’s the thing at the Count Basie Theatre, as the venerable Red Bank venue welcomes a veritable convention of lobbyists for the pop vocalist’s art, in all its jazzy, soulful, boundary-busting glory.

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A MONTH OF ‘LE JAZZ HOT’ ON THE GREEN

Trumpeter Claudio Roditi sounds a keynote to a month of jazzy happenings in and around Red Bank, with a Weekend in Brazil that kicks off the Summer Jazz Cafe series at Two River Theater.

Red Bankers generally don’t need any reminders that theirs is the borough that birthed the great William ‘Count’ Basie. Still, a recent return visit by Grammy-winning retro pop-jazz harmonizers The Manhattan Transfer served to demonstrate the degree of respect that the hometown of the legendary “Kid from Red Bank” inspires from coast to coast, as LA-based Tim Hauser and company (who actually recorded some sessions with the late great bandleader for their 1985 album Vocalese) shared a set-within-a-set of Basie-related numbers as a special treat for the Count Basie Theatre audience.

As the calendar strikes July, the greater Red Bank green’s reputation as a musical mecca for sophisticated cats and kittens begins to warm up in earnest, with the superheated days and trez-cool nights of the post-Fourth interlude offering up an unparalleled number of opportunities to take in various things jazzy.

It all clicks in this weekend, with the first in the annual Summer Jazz Café series at Two River Theater — a nocturnal excursion complemented by a day-trip whistle stop at the Middletown Jazz & Blues Festival. Then on Thursday the 12th, the waterfront walkways and sculpted terraces of Riverside Gardens reverb with the first in the open-air 2012 Jazz in the Park outings.

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