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Coming Up: An Outpost Rental: An EJAZZ Christmas(12/11)! + Outpost Year-End Fundraiser~Season’s Pleadings~Continues! Let’s Start 2023 Swingin’! !

We’ve got one more fun show coming up at the Space before we all go full speed ahead into the Holiday hustle and bustle! It’s the annual EJAZZ Christmas (An Outpost Rental) this coming Sunday, December 11! This show almost always sells out, so get your tickets soon! Then, we start getting ready for our Winter Jazz & Latin Music Classes, which start January 16, and the Spring 2023 Outpost season! It’s going to be another great one!

Meanwhile, in order to make it all keep happening, we need your support! We’re in the middle of our Outpost Year End Fundraising Appeal – Season’s Pleadings ~ and so far we’re doing well, thanks to to all your donations so far THANK YOU! Season’s Pleadings is our most important appeal for support each year, when your 100% tax deductible gift to Outpost makes the greatest impact!! Last year at this time, we asked for your support as we began to emerge from the pandemic and offer a season of both virtual and in- person concerts for the first time since spring 2020. We navigated our way through the worst of the pandemic and thanks to your generous support along with that of the government and numerous foundations, we emerged healthy and strong! Fast forward to 2022 – a great year! We were able to once again generously pay musicians for their work (which is the reason for our being!) and to present for you, a full schedule of music and more with health and safety precautions in place, including slightly limited audience size. And in September, we presented the first concentrated New Mexico Jazz Festival (16th Annual) since 2019, with a stunning 3 weeks of music in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Now, we look forward to Spring 2023! Our season will open in late February and it is going to be another exciting one  – all made possible with your support! Highlights include: Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet; Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez; Immanuel Wilkins Quartet; Dino’s Safe Haven Concert Series— Chacon/Nakatani/Santistevan Trio; Aaron Goldberg’s We ARE w. Eric Harland & Reuben Rogers; AfroMundo Festival— Aurelio Martinez; Chris Botti; Annual Record Sale Fundraiser; Geoff Muldaur; Edward Simon & Magos Herrera— Femeninas Songs of Latin American Women; Django Festival Allstars & MORE (all acts subject to change)! We’re looking forward to sharing it all with you as always!

If you can make a donation for our Year-End Fundraiser, we truly appreciate it! Here’s how:  ONLINE on the OUTPOST WEBSITE; Or send a check to Outpost Productions Inc, PO Box 4543, ABQ, NM 87196.

We look forward to seeing you at the Space and Thank You for your support!

WISHING YOU ALL VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

25 Years of Jazz at Outpost and the New Mexico Jazz Festival: Photographs by Jim Gale

Exhibit Curated by Mark Weber

Music by Dogbone featuring Jefferson Voorhees & Micah Hood

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 5-7 PM.
Exhibition Dates: September 8, 2022-February 24, 2023

To close out the 2022 New Mexico Jazz Festival, the Inpost Artspace hosts a special photography exhibition celebrating the work of longtime Outpost photographer Jim Gale, who, over the past 25-plus years, has generously taken thousands of photos at Outpost concerts and events, capturing Outpost’s musical history in a memorable collection of images. We asked poet, photographer, jazz historian, longtime KUNM Jazz DJ and Outpost member Mark Weber to Guest Curate this show. Mark writes:

Jim’s pictures are reminders that culture is worth saving —- The world moves on, but we have these photographs —- elegant and precise —- Taken as a whole they are about remembering —- And this thing of creativity —- Jazz attracts, if you give it time it grows on you —- Jim’s shots are spirit arrows —- Memories like monsoon cloud formations.

Jim Gale on Jim Gale:

My love of photography began when I was about 12 years old, learning to develop and print B&W in a school art class. For years I used my grandma’s old range-finder camera. By the time I was in high school, I had built a small darkroom in the basement. Throughout college, I worked as a free-lance photographer to help pay the bills, along with being the college paper photography editor for 3 years (the Stylus at SUNY Brockport). As editor, we had complimentary tickets to all music shows on campus, which became my first experience with photographing live music shows. At the end of college, I was at a crossroads. I was considering local jobs in photojournalism. However, many pro photographers I had meet advised me that it would be tough to make a living, especially if you valued things like health insurance or retirement savings. In the end, I decided I loved photography too much to try and make a living with it. This allowed me freedom to pursue only projects I cared about, on my own terms. This boils down to both nature and music. My parents were both music lovers (Dad played some classical piano, even with a damaged finger from the Korean war). Mom found a used copy of The Complete backpacker (Collin Fletcher) which soon motivated my first 4-day solo backpack at 14 years old. One summer in college, I had saved enough money (barely) to hike the entire 2000-mile Appalachian Trail in one long summer (also solo). This has evolved to documenting my adventures to preserve some of the details and try to capture some of the beauty I have seen. It still amazes me how much a single image from 40 years ago can still bring back vivid memories I thought I had forgotten.

I really had not gotten back into music photography until I moved to Albuquerque and discovered the Outpost! After only my first show at the old Morningside location, I was hooked! Although my taste in music is very eclectic, I was drawn deeper into the beauty, improvisation and creativity of Jazz. Since I could never afford all the shows I wanted to see, I approached Tom about an exchange of my show photographs for free admittance. This arrangement as the volunteer “house photographer” has now lasted over 23 years now. At this point, there are few (if any) other clubs or performance spaces that have such a complete and extensive photographic documentation.

Music by Dogbone. The New Mexico duo features the percussive ingenuity of Jefferson Voorhees (drums, percussion, bells, gongs, whistles) and the versatility of Micah Hood (trombone, flutes, talking drum, electronics) who together create unbounded, improvised soundscapes and grooves. Their creative improvisations are inspired by the duo’s collected experiences performing art rock, electronic music, funk, free jazz, fusion, African and Caribbean rhythmic music, and South American sounds. DogBone’s music freely and unabashedly conjoins these influences into one-of-a-kind soundscapes, textures, and grooves for audiences to enjoy. The duo has performed in art galleries and contemporary music festivals in New Mexico, and have released three full-length albums.

Albuquerque to Ukraine Benefit Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 5-7 PM.
Exhibition dates: May 2 – August 20, 2022

The Inpost Artspace is pleased to announce the upcoming Albuquerque to Ukraine Benefit Exhibition.

The war in Ukraine has killed thousands, injured countless more, and displaced millions (mostly women and children). Albuquerque to Ukraine is an effort to support and build the local and global community. While cultivating community connections, this exhibition also seeks to demonstrate the potential of art to contribute to tangible change. Several works relate directly to the conflict and express a sense of resistance, disgust, and hope. Participating artists include Ellen Babcock, Rita Bard, Matthew Bollinger, Ivan Boyd, Tom Brown, Claire Coté, Chris Easley, Lindsey Fromm, Jonathan Hartshorn, Mark Horst, Julianna Kirwin, and Tim Reed.

Over 20 works will be available for sale ranging in price from $78 – $800. Each sale of artwork will be split 50% (or more if the artist chooses) between the artist and the non-profit aid organization, Direct Relief. Works will also be available for purchase at our an online shop.

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization active in the United States and 80 countries around the world and has operated continuously since 1948. Direct Relief is working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other groups in the region to provide requested medical aid—from oxygen concentrators to critical care medicines—while preparing to offer longer-term assistance to people displaced or affected by the war. 100% of all donations for specific emergencies are devoted entirely to those responses.

Today, Monday, January 17, 2022: Honoring MLK; + Winter Session Classes Begin!

Today, Monday, January 17, 2022, we honor the great leader and inspiring humanitarian, Martin Luther King, who, as it turns out, had a knack for improvisation . . . and listening! He would have fit in well at the Outpost! So, we wanted to share with you a wonderful piece that came out on CNN in January 2020 that highlights the value of improvisation and listening, just through a different lens …

The One thing about Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatness everyone keeps missing
By John Blake, CNN, Mon January 20, 2020

(CNN) The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was barreling toward the climax of his greatest speech when he made a split-second decision that would seal his place in history.  Most people recall what the cameras caught: King declaring “I have a dream!” before 250,000 jubilant supporters at the March on Washington during a muggy, sun-splashed summer day. But there was one crucial exchange that the cameras didn’t catch.

King had planned to cap his speech by exhorting people “to go back to our communities as members of the international association for the advancement of creative dissatisfaction.” Yet he hesitated when he got to that line in the speech because it just didn’t feel right.

And then he heard a voice from behind him. It was the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who was sitting nearby.  “Tell them about the dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream,” she shouted.

We know what happened next. King launched into his classic, “I have a Dream” closing. That ad-libbed moment is often cited by historians as an example of King’s improvisatory genius as an orator.  But it also reveals something else about King’s genius: His ability to listen.

Calling King a great listener isn’t the typical praise that people shower on him as the country celebrates the holiday in his honor. Instead, commentators invoke images of King as a solitary hero behind a podium, delivering speech after speech that changed history.  Yet many of the most pivotal moments in King’s life weren’t planned. They only came after he listened to the prodding and encouragement of others . . .

And here’s hoping The Dream becomes a reality!

Meanwhile, Outpost Winter Session Classes Begin Today! There’s still space in some classes!

Ambos Lados – a print exchange between artists on both sides of the US Mexico border.

Inpost Artspace Reception

Saturday, February 5th, 5-7pm

(Exhibition Dates: January 24- April 29, 2022)

 Curated by Chandler Wigton and Lacey Chrisco, Ambos Lados is an exhibition of 158 prints from artists in 6 countries, primarily Mexico and the United States, including 18 artists from New Mexico and several Albuquerque artists.

Ambos Lados, which translates as “both sides” in Spanish emerged out of a print exchange organized on both sides of the border by Manuel Guerra, Director of Horned Toad Prints in El Paso and Adrian Aguirre and Beatriz Rivas of Taller Gráfica Libre in Zaachila, Oaxaca. The prints and larger project emphasize the unity of artists and peoples across the political border of the United States and Mexico.  While there was no set theme for the exchange, many of the works explore political and social issues, specifically the border, while others are contemplative, humorous, or abstract. The print exchange, organized in 2018, was unjuried and open to anyone who wished to participate, the only rule for the exchange was a uniform print size. The prints included in the show utilize a range of printing techniques including lithographs, serigraphs, relief, and intaglio. Egalitarian in nature, the project connected artists from a range of professional, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds and the exhibition puts these perspectives in conversation. The prints emphasize how artistic expression is a unifying force across different kinds of borders and divides.

An accompanying catalog will be available for purchase at the Outpost or on amazon.

Outpost’s Annual Year-End Fundraiser~Season’s Pleadings~Continues! We/You Are Doing Great, But Keep Those Donations Coming So We Can Reach Our Goal! + Tickets for Joey DeFrancesco Trio in February Now On Sale!

We are happy to report that THANKS TO YOU, Outpost’s Year End Fundraising Appeal ~Season’s Pleadings is going great! We have a little ways to go to reach our goal yet though, so please keep those donations coming so that we can continue to bring you the best in jazz, folk & roots, global and experimental music, educational opportunities, art exhibits and more throughout the year!  Season’s Pleadings is our most important fundraising appeal each year, when your 100% tax deductible donations make all the difference! Help us start 2022 (such a nice round number!) stronger than ever!  MAKE A DONATION ONLINE TODAY ! OR Send in a check to Outpost Productions, PO Box 4543, ABQ, NM 87196. ANY time you are able to give is greatly appreciated!  TOGETHER we can KEEP OUTPOST SWINGIN’!

Meanwhile, we are putting together an exciting Spring 2022 Season, including five-time Grammy nominee, master jazz organist, Joey DeFrancesco, Friday, February 25 & Saturday, Feb 26 at Outpost; Omar Sosa w. Seckou Keita, April 21; Dave Grusin-Lee Ritenour Group at the Lensic, April 23 (A New Mexico Jazz festival event), and Dave Grusin at Outpost, April 24; and much more! Plus our Jazz & Latin Music classes will start up again on January 17! Stay tuned for more details on everything!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Good Health To All!

Happy Thanksgiving To All! Django Festival Allstars, George Cables Trio & Bob Fox Sextet Livestreams Available Through Friday, Nov. 26!

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend! And just a reminder that the Django Festival Allstars, George Cables Trio and Bob Fox Sextet livestreams are all available on the Outpost website through this Friday, November 26! Don’t miss out! Donations for the livestreams are truly appreciated!  It’s your support that helps make them possible!

Coming in December: Outpost is happy to be a supporter of the 3x-time Grammy Award winning salsa and Latin jazz band,  Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on December 5! Last heard at the 2018 New Mexico Jazz Festival, this exciting ensemble sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style salsa and Latin jazz! Get your tickets here! Then, it’s a special holiday concert with jazz, R&B, hip hop crooner, José James: Merry Christmas from José James, December 9! 

Looking forward to sharing all the great music with you live and on the stream!

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OUTPOST COVID SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:  Beginning October 1, Outpost will require proof of full vaccination (completed 14 days before concert)  for everyone (audience, staff) over the age of 12 for entry to Outpost. For those not vaccinated, a negative test result from a rapid Covid test taken within 6 hours of showtime or a PCR Covid test taken within 48 hours of showtime will be accepted. Masks are required.  Please make sure to bring your proof of vaccination card or proof of negative test to show at the door when you arrive. Please also take note of special Covid Safety regulations for other venues when purchasing tickets for concerts at those venues.

STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, AND LET’S ENJOY SOME GREAT LIVE MUSIC TOGETHER!

 

Pat Metheny Side-Eye at NHCC Tonight, Wed, Oct. 6! Please Note: This Concert Requires Proof of Full Vaccination or Proof of Negative Test Within 48 Hours of Concert.

We are excited to be presenting Pat Metheny Side-Eye at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, tonight, Wednesday, October 6, 7:30pm! (A NM Jazz Festival event). Please note that this concert requires proof of full vaccination (at least two weeks after final dose) or proof of a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the concert.

Then, coming up at the Outpost next week, it’s another New Mexico Jazz Festival event – Jamie Baum Septet+ (10/14); followed byEntourage Jazz CD Release (10/16 & 17); Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (10/21); and Cleo Trio + Dogbone (10/28); Then, November kicks off with An Evening with Branford Marsalis at the Lensic, Nov. 1 (a New Mexico Jazz Festival event); & more! Tickets and info on our Schedule Page!

PLEASE NOTE: ALL ACTS ARE VERY MUCH SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS AND MORE. Stay Tuned to our Schedule Page for changes and additions and more info coming soon.

OUTPOST COVID SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
Beginning October 1, Outpost will require proof of full vaccination (completed 14 days before concert)  for everyone (audience, staff) over the age of 12 for entry to Outpost. For those not vaccinated, a negative test result from a rapid Covid test taken within 6 hours of showtime or a PCR Covid test taken within 48 hours of showtime will be accepted. Masks are required.

Please also take note of special Covid Safety regulations at The Lensic Performing Arts Center and NHCC when purchasing tickets for concerts at those venues.

STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, AND LET’S ENJOY SOME GREAT LIVE MUSIC TOGETHER!

 

Landscape Retrospective: From Film to Digital and Infrared Imaging | The Photography of Jim Gale

Artist Statement – Jim Gale

My love of photography began when I was about 12 years old, learning to develop and print B&W in a school art class. For years I used my grandma’s old range-finder camera and by the time I was in high school, I had built a small darkroom in the basement. Throughout college, I worked as a free-lance photographer to help pay the bills, along with being the college paper photography editor for 3 years (the Stylus at SUNY Brockport). As editor, we had complimentary tickets to all music shows on campus, which became my first experience with photographing live music shows. At the end of college, I was at a crossroads. I was considering local jobs in photojournalism. However, many professional photographers I had met advised me that it would be tough to make a living, especially if you valued things like health insurance or retirement savings. In the end, I decided I loved photography too much to try and make a living with it. This allowed me freedom to pursue only projects I cared about, on my own terms and those ‘projects’ boiled down to nature and music. My parents were both music lovers (Dad played classical piano, even with a damaged finger from the Korean war) and Mom found a used copy of “The Complete Backpacker” (Collin Fletcher), which soon motivated my first 4-day solo backpacking adventure at 14 years old. One summer, while in college, I had saved enough money (barely) to hike the entire 2000 mile Appalachian Trail, and since then, my passion for backpacking has evolved into a passion for documenting my adventures so that I could preserve and capture the details and the beauty I saw through my lens. It still amazes me how much a single image from 40 years ago can bring back vivid memories I thought I had forgotten.

After college, I went to graduate school and earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Washington State University (1987). Since then, I have worked as a Molecular Biologist, and currently design and implement new oncology/genetic tests at Tricore as part of the Assay Development team. Moving out west also offered me the opportunity to learn white water rafting and kayaking.

I really had not gotten back into music photography until I moved to Albuquerque and discovered the Outpost! After my first show at the old Morningside location, I was hooked! Although my taste in music is very eclectic, I was drawn deeper into the beauty, improvisation and creativity of Jazz. Since I could never afford all the shows I wanted to see, I approached Tom about an exchange of my show photographs for free admittance. This arrangement as the volunteer “house photographer” has now lasted over 23 years! At this point, there are few (if any) other clubs or performance spaces that have such a complete and extensive photographic documentation.

I now have been giving the opportunity to show some of my landscape work at the Outpost which features a mix of old film (and infrared film in 4×5 sheet size) and newer digital work. Most of the photographs are from New Mexico and the Southwest. The large B&W images were some of the last I developed and printed in my garage darkroom, and while I have embraced digital, I find there is something unique and beautiful about the analog film/print that is hard to reproduce in digital.

Please note: Since we are still working mostly remotely, we ask that you make an appointment to view the exhibition. Please email us at mail@outpostspace.org to arrange a time.

Coming Up In August! New Mexico Jazz Festival Events: Cha Wa (Aug 3 & 4); ABQ Summerfest in Nob Hill, NMJF Stage Focusing on Black Music in NM (Aug 7)!; & Son Como Son & ReVóZo A Dos! (Aug 17); + Summer Thursday Jazz w. Greg Abate w. Pete Amahl (Aug 5)!

We are excited to continue our LIVE music events in August – many at outdoor venues!  First up, the New Mexico Jazz Festival, in partnership with AMP Concerts, is pleased to present the return of the exciting New Orleans band, Cha Wa, both at Santa Fe Plaza (August 3) and at Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque (August 4)!

Then, it’s another great Summer Thursday Jazz Night with the Greg Abate Group featuring Pete Amahl, Thursday, August 5 at Outpost (almost sold out!)! followed by the return of Summerfest in Nob Hill on Saturday, August 7 from 5-8pm with three stages, including the New Mexico Jazz Festival Stage located at Carlisle & Central in the Fan Tang parking lot.  The NMJF Stage will focus on Black Music in New Mexico and features three terrific bands: Citizens of Tape City with Josef Scott and Artha Meadors; Toni Morgan and Just Us; and Michael Herndon & Jubal’s Children! Then, the New Mexico Jazz Festival in partnership with AMP Concerts, presents another great concert at the Santa Fe Plaza: Son Como Son and ReVóZo A Dos (Vicente Griego & Gabriel Osuna) on August 17, 6pm!

Lots of great music to look forward to! And, as we re-open SAFELY, and slowly-but-surely over the course of Summer 2021, we have made a few adjustments for shows at the Space. Audience sizes will be limited to approximately 50 people in our intimate indoor space and face masks will be required. Bands (one per evening) will perform one 75 minute set with no intermission. Doors will be left open and our new UV-emitting ceiling fans with evaporative coolers bringing fresh air in from the outside will maximize air flow. Safety for our bands, patrons, volunteers, technical staff and all remains first and foremost in our minds as we see how things develop as the world opens up. Our new sound system, video capabilities and other improvements achieved during the shutdown, will all be in place.

We look forward to seeing you in person soon and to sharing all the great music with you!


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