Thursday, June 23, 2016

Outpost Productions and the New Mexico Jazz Festival

A juris doctor graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Geoffrey Scovil has practiced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for almost two decades. In addition to his legal work, Geoffrey Scovil supports jazz and the arts in Albuquerque through his contributions to Outpost Productions.

Established in 1988 in a remodeled print shop, the nonprofit Outpost Productions has moved twice--once in 1990 and once in 2000--but has stayed true to its foundation as a storefront, community-based, alternative performance venue. With more than 100 shows each year, the organization supports both touring and local artists from a wide range of musical genres, from experimental and pop music to classical music and jazz, among others.

As a community resource, Outpost Productions sponsors a variety of education programs and the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. For the past 10 years, the New Mexico Jazz Festival has partnered with the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation to present concerts with more than 100 performers across three different stages. A two-week event, the festival is held every July. Past festivals have drawn tens of thousands of people and featured performers like the Christian McBride Trio, Venicius Cantuaria, and Esperanza Spalding.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Educational Programs at Outpost Productions


Focusing on habeas corpus law through his practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department, Geoffrey Scovil also has experience with felony trial cases and training young lawyers. A dedicated member of his Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil supports a number of local organizations, including Outpost Productions.

A nonprofit organization, Outpost Productions has served as a music venue, art space, and community resource since its founding nearly three decades ago. The recipient of the 2001 Bravo Award as one of the city’s top arts organizations, it is supported by grants, its volunteers, and members. Membership benefits range from admission discounts and exclusive concerts to regular updates and newsletters. Each year, Outpost Productions hosts over 100 different shows and sponsors education programs, including Latin and jazz music classes.

Open to both adults and youth, the once-weekly sessions run for eight weeks. The intermediate and advanced jazz improvisation classes cover teamwork and ensemble playing. The advanced classes also cover elements of music theory and solo development to help each performer shine in the improvisational setting. The Latin music classes go beyond practicing scales and are designed to help participants understand and feel more comfortable with the style.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Community-Ran Outpost Performance Space Offers Youth Music Classes