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.