The Outpost Jazz Performance Space

Albuquerque's Non-Profit, Member-Supported, Community-Based Performing Arts Center

The Outpost Blog


A HUGE THANKS to everybody involved in our 3rd Annual Gala Fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum on May 22— that includes, sponsors, volunteers, silent auction donors, museum staff, our tech crew, Slate Street Cafe, Gala attendees and donors, concert attendees, the artists who performed including Chris Dracup & Hillary Smith, our Emcee, Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Jessica Helen Lopez, and last but not least, the great Charlie Musselwhite who came and did much more than "fill in" for Taj Mahal when he had to cancel his entire May tour. The Charlie Musselwhite Band was fantastic and a real pleasure to work. The weather held— a beautiful May evening— and the entire evening felt terrific. Everybody who was there had a great time— at least that's the way it seems to us based on the feedback we have gotten. As a result of everybody's hard work, the event turned out to be a real success in all ways including raising significant funds which allow us to continue to the work we do presenting music, art and education, year round at the Outpost Performance Space and beyond. Thanks to all! Now it's on to the Summer Season with the Summer Classes beginning June 8; the 20th Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Night Series which kicks off on June 16 and features, almost exclusively, the work of locally based jazz artists; and the 10th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival which runs from July 10-August 6. Check out these pages for the entire schedule as well as to buy tickets.  Read More »

Education Spotlight


All classes are taught by the Outpost team comprising saxophonist, Kanoa Kaluhiwa; drummer, Sharon Eldridge; trumpeter, Paul Gonzales; and our most recent addition to the teaching staff, César Bauvallet. We aim to build positive attitudes, trust, teamwork, cooperation, confidence, compassion, and a sense of humor, everything you could ever want from music. Both Youth and Adults will perform a recital for family and friends at the end of their second session. It is expected that students will have their own instruments to bring to class. Outpost will provide a piano, a drumset, and guitar & bass amplifiers. Read More »