Not much beats taking our morning show on the road, so it was our great pleasure to broadcast Tuesday for "Giving Tuesday" at The Basie Center in Red Bank.

(Photo of the Jazz Arts Project Academy All-Stars courtesy of Adele Liu)

The Count Basie Center for the Arts is a non-profit and helping raise money for the cause was a no-brainer for me, because the Basie uses that money to help our community. How?

Well, for one thing, they are adding additions and updating their 'campus' to include an incredible, new, 2-story lobby full of light from giant windows (we got to go in and see it -- it will be stunning), more rest rooms, elevators to make it accessible to all, and a new performance space (with a rooftop lounge!) which will, in effect, double the number of concerts for our community.

(Lou and Liz with Adam Philipson, President & CEO of The Basie Center)

For the artists, the backstage areas and loading docks have also been updated which will bring make it possible to bring in even bigger shows than before.

With all of this updating, though, the historic theater itself has not been touched, which means this gorgeous place still looks as beautiful as it ever did.

But, more than that, The Basie Center for the Arts supports an upcoming generation of our kids with its education programs. From theater to jazz, from classical music to all branches of performing arts, your children and teens have access to some of the best programs and learning experiences that you will find in our area.

So any money that you donate to The Basie will go toward all of that!

(Liz with Jon Vena, VP of Marketing at The Basie Center)

Thanks for all the donations you made yesterday and for your continued support of this amazing non-profit that keeps the arts alive and thriving in Monmouth County and beyond!

To see a sneak peak of the new construction, CLICK HERE for the video clips.

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to the Jazz Arts Project's Jazz Academy All-Stars -- high school students from Middletown North, Red Bank Regional, Bio Tech, Colts Neck and Marlboro. This Jazz Academy operates under the umbrella of The Basie educational programs to elevate the art of keeping jazz music alive for the next generation and these teens were absolutely amazing when they performed live during our morning show before school! To sign up your teen musician for the January 2020 start date of the Jazz Academy, CLICK HERE!

CLICK HERE for more info on ALL of the educational programs available at The Basie for your kids!

And Thanks again to Frank (sax), David (sax), Joe (guitar), Alexander (guitar), Devin (keyboard), Paul (bass) and my son Ben (drums) for your musical contribution to a great cause, from Lou & Liz!

Lou & Liz at The Basie)