‘Sidemen’ show at Basie to feature Marc Muller, Tony Garnier, Jeff Kazee, Jon Herington, Josh Dion

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The Vogel at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank will present “Sidemen Center Stage,” Dec. 3.

Marc Muller — who has backed artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen (he’s on the Western Stars album) to Shania Twain in addition to playing in the Grateful Dead tribute band Dead On Live and other groups — has put together a unique show for The Vogel at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

“Sideman Center Stage” will feature him and four other artists playing their own music and music from artists they’ve worked with, and telling stories. The show will end with “a spontaneous, no-holds-barred jam session,” according to the Basie web site.

Joining Muller will be Bob Dylan’s longtime bassist, Tony Garnier; Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes keyboardist and music director Jeff Kazee; Jon Herington, who has toured and recorded with Steely Dan for 20 years and has also backed Bette Midler, Madeleine Peyroux and others; and drummer Josh Dion, who has worked with jazz artists such as Chuck Loeb, Spyro Gyra and Pat Martino and currently plays in the duo Paris Monster.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., with Basie member pre-sales beginning Sept. 28 at 10 a.m., via Ticketmaster.com.

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