Hi Friends, Outpost’s Online Summer Classes continue and are going great. Meanwhile, this coming Saturday, August 8, join us for another in the series of Masterclasses hosted by Doug Lawrence. This masterclass will feature one of New Mexico’s finest jazz pianists, Steve Figueroa! Then, the following week, on Saturday, August 15, one of New Mexico’s most in demand bassists, Milo Jaramillo wraps up the series with Doug. Register here! Our online educational programming this summer has been a new adventure, but it’s been great and we’ve gotten a great response, so look for more in the fall and meanwhile, stay safe, stay healthy and stay tuned!
Dear Outpost Friends,
It is with great sadness that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for the sake of everybody’s health and safety, we are announcing the cancellation of Outpost’s 2020 summer season which includes the 15th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (scheduled for July 7-27 (as well as our 25th Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights series, scheduled for June 18-August 20), our in-person educational programs, and so on. We remained hopeful that we might be able to present some of our summer season, but, as with other arts organizations and festivals worldwide, it just could not be. First and foremost here at Outpost, our concern is to do what we can to keep you— our patrons, artists, staff, volunteers and so on— SAFE! We aim to do that by following social distancing guidelines, which, although they may be relaxed somewhat in the coming weeks and months, will not allow for any large gatherings nor international travel, which are both integral to a successful festival and our programming in general.
We were truly excited to be celebrating what would have been our 15th Annual NM Jazz Festival this year with an incredible line-up of artists – from The Count Basie Orchestra featuring Lizz Wright to Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band with special guest Rubén Blades (who I have wanted to present for years!), to the great Bobby McFerrin, Tower of Power, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science, Charlie Musselwhite Band, Pedrito Martinez and so much more! We are hoping to be able reschedule many of these artists when we are able to open again. We don’t know when that will be and of course will have to wait until we all have more clarity about how we can move forward, but what is most important to us now and in to the future is everyone’s health and safety.
Here’s the good news though! The fact that we have reached such milestones as the 15th Annual NM Jazz Festival and 25 years of our Summer Thursday Jazz Nights, is pretty awesome, right?! It is testament to how strong and committed the Outpost community is, to your continued enthusiasm and excitement for what we present, and to your generous and steadfast support! We are as strong as our community, and we think the Outpost community is among the strongest there is! We will miss you tremendously this summer, but will continue to look forward to when we can meet again and share great music together.
Yes, we are all very disappointed! We have looked forward the amazing talent and energy that we have been able to present at the New Mexico Jazz Festival for the past 14 years now, along with all the great performances by some of New Mexico’s finest jazz musicians at our Summer Thursday Jazz Nights, our summer Jazz & Latin Music classes, etc.! We can’t wait until we can hit the downbeat again, but rest assured that we will stay connected and that we are working on bringing you some virtual programming this summer so we can all continue to enjoy great music. We will keep you posted! Meanwhile, please stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected!
The Outpost Team!
An Update To All Of Our Outpost Friends: Due to the extended Shelter at Home directive from the Governor and in the interests of everybody’s health and well-being, we don’t feel that there is any other choice but to cancel the remainder of the Spring 2020 season, including all classes, art exhibits, etc. We do hope to reschedule many of the artists who would have performed at Outpost this season for the 2020-2021 season and truly hope we can all gather again soon to share all the great music. We are also hoping we can present our 25th Annual Summer Thursday Night Jazz series featuring NM based artists and, of course, the 15th Annual NM Jazz Festival in July, but we will keep you posted. Refunds for spring season concerts have been processed and if you purchased online, you will receive a confirmation email from Hold My Tickets.
Many of you have asked if you can donate your tickets back to Outpost. Although we truly appreciate that offer, online ticket sales are automatically refunded when a concert/event is cancelled. However, if you would like to make a donation at this time, we would of course very much appreciate your support! As you probably know, Outpost recently created a Musician’s Relief Fund to which many of you have already sent a donation- Thank You!!! Now that we are having to cancel the entire remainder of the spring season, these funds/your support will become even more critical. Ticket refunds for concerts cancelled this spring will total close to $15,000 which, as I am sure you understand create difficulties for Outpost as well. So if you want to make a donation to Outpost to help keep us strong, you can do that as well.
Meanwhile, we miss you all very much and truly hope you are staying healthy and safe! Wishing everyone the very best and looking forward to returning to some sort of normal sooner than later so we can share great music, art, learning, community and inspiration!
The Spring 2020 Season is just ahead and TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for most shows. Still a few to add, so keep checking the Schedule page! Spring newsletters will be mailed out in early February and we only send it to Outpost members, sponsors, etc, so if you are not yet a member and would like to get a copy in your mailbox, Become an Outpost Member Today! You’ll also get discounts on tickets, member update mailings, member-only events, etc!
Interested in sponsoring an Outpost concert? We’d love your support! Outpost Concert Sponsors receive all kinds of great benefits while helping to support great live music here in NM, including advertising in our newsletters, concert programs and more, tickets to shows, banners, etc.! Give us a call at 505-268-0044 to learn more about how you can reach a new audience for your business while helping to support Outpost, one of the premiere arts presenters in the Southwest! Check out Sponsorship Brochure here!
Meanwhile our Outpost Education programs begin soon!
We look forward to sharing another exciting season of music
& more with you here at the Space and beyond!
Wow what a great masterclass that was on Wednesday with the Dexter Gordon Legacy Quartet! Doug Lawrence, Louis Hayes, George Cables and John Webber offered some invaluable musical and life lessons to the Outpost advanced jazz students and it was a real treat for all! Thank you to everyone who participated and came out to this great event, including these four jazz legends! We are very lucky to have them here! Meanwhile, this Friday’s concert with the quartet is SOLD OUT! Please call us at 505-268-0044 if you’d like to be on the waiting list.
Then, next week, we have a little break from concerts and events for Thanksgiving, after which we return with all kinds of great music and much more! Spoken word champion Buddy Wakefield, Leni Stern African Trio, Baracutanga, Bobby Shew Sextet and much more! Full Schedule Here!
We look forward to sharing all the music and more with you and wish you all a Happy Hearty Thanksgiving!
Closing our 2019 Outpost summer season tonight, it’s another great Roust the House Teen Performance Night! What a great summer of music and so much more! And even though the Outpost season comes to an end, there are still some other great independently presented shows coming up: Singer-songwriter Madalena celebrates a CD release on Saturday, August 17; AMP Concerts presents the great Eliza Gilkyson on Sunday the 18th; + more! SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE!
And as we finish one season, we are busy getting ready for the next! Fall 2019 is going to be great! It all begins on Friday, September 6 with an Inpost Artspace Reception: FLOW RIDING EDGE WHISPRS: WORK BY timothy jason reed. Then, our Fall Jazz & Latin Music Classes for Youth & Adults begin on September 9. There’s still time to register! PLUS, NEW THIS SEASON: Music Together Family Classes – a music and movement approach to early childhood music development for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children and their parents, teachers, and other primary caregivers. Tuesdays, September 17- November 19, 4:30pm. There will be a Music Together demo class at Outpost on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 4:30–5:15 pm!
And of course, the concert line-up! Highlights include Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet; Gerald Clayton Quartet; Geoff Muldaur; Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game; Chick Corea’s Trilogy with Christian McBride & Brian Blade at Lensic; Dmitri Matheny; Laurie Antonioli’s Tribute to Joni Mitchell; Miguel Zenon; Shahid Parvez Khan; Steel House w. Ed Simon, Scott Colley and Brian Blade; Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole; Dexter Gordon Tribute Band w.Doug Lawrence, Louis Hayes, George Cables, John Webber; and much more! Then, in the Spring 2020, we’ve got Melissa Aldana; Rahim AlHaj; Michael Morreale; Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret; Lorca Hart-Nicolas Bearde; Jazzmeia Horn; Tim Berne; and more! Stay tuned as tickets will go on sale for some of the fall shows soon!
Thank you for coming out and supporting live music, art, spoken word and more! We look forward, as always, to sharing it all with you!
The NM Jazz Festival spends a couple nights up at the Lensic in Santa Fe for two great concerts: NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Trio with Nasheet Waits on Friday, July 26; and the Stanley Clarke Band, Saturday, July 27. Then, wrapping up this year’s fesitval is the phenomenal young jazz pianist, Joey Alexander with his Trio at the African American Performing Arts Center, Sunday, July 28. These shows are close to sold out, so Get your tickets here!
Then, the 24th Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights series resumes with the Bobcats + pianist Markus Gottschlich’s Trio on August 1, followed by the Alpha Cats + Christine Fawson Group on August 8, and Claudio Tolousse + Hillary Smith & Michael Anthony on the 15th! It’s a great series featuring some of New Mexico’s best jazz artists, so come on out and support all the great local talent that resides right here in your own backyard! And each show is only $15 ($10 for Outpost Members & Students)! ALSO, there the 16th Annual Southwest Shootout Regional Poetry Slam Championships on August 10 and Roust the House Teen Performance Night to wrap up the great 2019 Summer Season! PLUS, don’t forget some great independently presented shows at the Space. Check out the full schedule of events here!
We look forward to seeing you and sharing all the great music & more with you!
Wow, did Cha Wa funk it up at the Outpost or what?! What fun! And great musicians! Now we’re swinging into a big NM Jazz Fest weekend starting with the 6th Annual John Lewis Celebration featuring the Aaron Diehl Quartet with Warren Wolf at South Broadway Cultural Center (7/19). Then, Saturday (7/20), it’s Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill, Abuquerque with a NM Jazz Fest Stage (Central & Carlisle) and a NM Jazz Fest Youth Stage! All starting at 5pm! Come on out and enjoy an evening of great music, art markets, car shows, KidZone and more! And on Sunday, July 21 at Outpost it’s an Inpost Artspace Reception from 2-4pm featuring work by Edgar Sorrells Adewale, followed by a Film Screening of George Schuller’s The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy at 4pm. AND on Sunday evening Colombian harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda will wow audiences once again, this time at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 7pm!
NEXT WEEK at the Jazz Fest, it’s Edmar Castaneda at Santa Fe Bandstand with Chuy Martinez’ Trio Los Trinos opening (7/23); Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio at Outpost (7/25); NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Trio (7/26); A.B. Spellman’s Meet the NEA Jazz Masters (7/26); Stanley Clarke (7/27); and Joey Alexander (7/28)! WOW! Check it all out and get your tickets here!
We look forward to seeing you and sharing all the great music & more with you!
Happy July! And Happy July 4th! Due to the July 4th holiday, Summer Thursday Jazz Nights switches to Friday this week and it’s Tracey Whitney’s Tribute To Nancy Wilson + the Mariano Morales Trio (7/5)! Then, next week, we’re off and running with the 14th Annual NM Jazz Festival ! The grand opening weekend features the Doug Lawrence New Organ Quartet at Outpost (7/11); NM Jazz Latino Orchestra with Frankie Vasquez at the ABQ Museum (7/12); and the NM Jazz Fest on Civic Plaza with Marcia Ball, Leyla McCalla & hONEyhoUSe (7/13)! The festival runs through Sunday July 28 and coming up after the opening weekend, it’s Cha Wa in Santa Fe and Albuquerque; 6th Annual John Lewis Celebration featuring Aaron Diehl & Warren Wolf, plus a Youth Clinic and Film Screening of George Schuller’s The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy; the Route 66 Summerfest Jazz Fest Stage featuring the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra with Hillary Smith & more; Edmar Castaneda in Albuquerque and Santa Fe; Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio at Outpost; Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Trio + Stanley Clarke Band at the Lensic; Joey Alexander Trio at AAPAC and more! Check it all out here!
We look forward to seeing you all summer long at Outpost & beyond!
It’s the final show of the spring season tonight, Friday May 17! Another great Roust the House Teen Performance Night! Then, on Saturday, The Outpost, in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Workshop hosts A Special Fundraiser to Send Award-Winning Youth Jazz Ensemble To Europe! These young musicians have participated in Outpost’s Youth Jazz Ensemble classes for many years and this is a great opportunity for them to share their talents abroad!
Then, it’s on to the exciting Summer Season! Summer Jazz & Latin Music Classes (June 10-July 31) ; Then, 24th Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights (June 13-August 15)! And 14th Annual NM Jazz Festival featuring Stanley Clarke Band; Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Trio; Joey Alexander; Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio; Doug Lawrence New Organ Quartet; Cha Wa; The New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra with Frankie Vazquez; Aaron Diehl Quartet with Warren Wolf; Annual John Lewis Celebration and Youth Clinics; the NM Jazz Festival on Civic Plaza with Hillary Smith & hONEyhoUse, Leyla McCalla & Marcia Ball; Route 66 Summerfest Jazz Stage featuring Horace Alexander Young’s Tribute to Nat King Cole, AJO with Hillary Smith & more! Tickets for Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Trio & The Stanley Jordan Band at the Lensic are on sale now at TicketsSantaFe.org. All other tickets on sale soon!
Plus don’t miss a special Pre NM Jazz Festival Concert featuring The Cookers, Friday, June 14 at Outpost! Last time this powerhouse band of hard bop icons visited Outpost, they sold out two nights right quick! So Don’t Delay, Get Your Tickets today!
Thank you for a great spring season and we look forward to seeing you often at the Space and beyond this summer!