This Thursday, August 18, at Outpost: César Bauvallet: La Trova: Noche de Boleros; + Next Week: Diane Richardson Findings: Interpretations

It’s another great  Summer Thursday Jazz Night this week with noneotherthan Outpost’s own beloved Latin music instructor, renowned trombonist, percussionist, singer, band leader César Bauvallet’s La Trova: Noche de Boleros, Thursday, August 18, performing romantic Latin music with a full ensemble! Then, next week we wrap up our 26th Annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights series with vocalist Diane Richardson’s Findings: Interpretations, the Music of Steve Lacy, Thursday, August 25! Get your tickets for these and other upcoming events on our SCHEDULE PAGE! 

AND, get your tickets soon for our pre Jazz Festival concert coming up on September 8: The Emmet Cohen Trio Featuring Tootie Heath! Close to selling out!

PLUS, 16th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival Schedule right around the corner – September 15-October 8 – Tickets are on sale for all shows! It’s going to be a fantastic festival and we are excited to share it all with you! Legendary Count Basie Orchestra; Ravi Coltrane Cosmic Music Project w. Brandee Younger; NEA Jazz Master Terri Lynne Carrington + Social Science; Tower of Power; Doug Lawrence Quintet Featuring Carmen Brandford; Samara Joy; Kurt Rosenwinkel; Eric Vloeimans-Will Holshouser; Blues Night on Civic Plaza w. Ruthie Foster, Chillhouse & Hillary Smith and Levi Platero; and more! Check it all out and get your tickets early!

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We look forward to sharing all the great music and more with you!

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.



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.

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.



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 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!

Remembering Our Dear Friend & Longtime Outpost Supporter, Bumble Bee Bob Weil

Bumble Bee Bob Weil (May 4, 1934-July 2, 2021)

~ A Personal Remembrance
from Outpost Director, Tom Guralnick ~


On July 2, 2021, after a month-long fight with COVID-19, and 2 months after his 87th birthday, Bumble Bee Bob Weil passed away. BJ called me in the morning to tell me that we had lost Bob. That is the perfect way to put it. We lost him and what a loss it is! We will miss him terribly. For me personally, Bumble Bee was somewhere between a brother and a father (Frother? Brather?). He was a mentor, an advisor, a collaborator, a supporter… but most of all a friend. We had a great time and I will miss him.

If it weren’t for Bumble Bee (and BJ and the rest of the family) Outpost would not be what it is today. In fact, a case could be made that were it not for Bumble Bee, Outpost might not be, AT ALL!

Thanks to a meeting arranged by saxophonist Doug Lawrence, I met Bumble Bee over lunch in the mid to late 1990’s. Although, to say the least, we had very different personal musical tastes, we began working together, block booking concerts at the old Outpost and Bumble Bee’s “hive”—a concert hall in his home in La Tierra. And in doing so, I believe we expanded each others’ horizons and at the same time, had a lot of fun. We worked closely from then on— booking concerts— and in 2006, along with Bob Martin at the Lensic, we founded the New Mexico Jazz Festival which followed on the work of Bruce Dunlap and his Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival. We had a great run. Bumble Bee was the guy who tried (sometimes he succeeded) to rein in my wilder and more expensive music production impulses. More than once, always with love, he told me “Stop losing money… don’t be a schmuck!” If that’s not fatherly advice, I don’t know what is. His support of Outpost was deep. He donated extremely generously year after year, leading up to the donations by him and his generous children (Linda, Betsie, and Rob) which allowed us to buy the Outpost Performance Space building, leading to the naming of the auditorium as “Weil Hall.”

Outpost wasn’t the first or the last to be buoyed by Bumble Bee’s generosity. In the 1980’s he produced the Santa Fe Jazz Festival at La Fonda Hotel, hiring John Clayton as Music Director. He was the first to present Wynton Marsalis in the pre-renovation Lensic Theater. He supported John Trentacosta’s Santa Fe Music Collective until the end. He had a big heart and many was the time when we shared a stage with tears flowing, making announcements and thanking each other for our work together. He booked music at his restaurants for years. His Santa Fe Jazz Foundation helped countless musicians in times of need, giving them funds to pay their medical bills. He loved the musicians and loved being friends with them— James Moody, Milt Hinton, Ray Brown, Joe Williams, and so many more. He produced several albums by these friends. It was all about love and friendship for Bumble Bee. He loved the music and the people who made it!

But jazz wasn’t the entire story by any means. In the 1950’s, he left St Louis where he grew up after being clear that he was not interested in going into his father’s shoe manufacturing business. He headed west and became a rancher in Bumble Bee Arizona— thus his name, “Bumble Bee Bob”— and also on the Santa Fe ranch that later became the Las Campanas development. He flew his own plane between the two. I seldom saw Bumble Bee anything less than ebullient—not until he “retired,” that is. He just couldn’t stand not working. So at age 70, for his “retirement” he opened the famed Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill— 4 of them in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. And he was a constant presence behind the counter becoming friends with the clientele. Again, it was all about the people.

We will miss Bumble Bee deeply. But at the same time, he had a long, fun-filled, and meaningful life. His last several years in Merida, Mexico with his beautiful, kind, and loving wife, BJ, were a joy for them both. In addition to BJ, he is survived by six children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren all of whom he loved. Bumble Bee was loved and he loved in return.

Tom Guralnick, Founder & Executive Director
Outpost Performance Space

The Outpost