Edward Simon Group featuring Magos Herrera


The Edward Simon Group featuring pianist Edward Simon, Reuben Rogers, bass and Adam Cruz, drums, plus special guest, award-winning Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera and percussionist Luis Quintero, present a program entitled “Femeninas,” which celebrates the legacy of Latin American women songwriters including Violeta Parra (Chile), Marta Valdes (Cuba), Chabuca Granda (Peru), Elizabeth Morris (Argentina) and Joyce (Brazil) with a distinct jazz bent. Also included in the program will be Simon’s Chamber Music America commissioned multi-movement work, Latino Soy, which was funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and premiered at The Bowes Center in San Francisco, California in March 2022.

A native of Venezuela, Edward Simon, has made a name for himself in the U.S. as a jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader and in recent years, he has explored the commonalities that jazz has with the folkloric sounds of Latin America. Now based in the Bay Area, he is a member of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow, along with being awarded multiple composition grants as part of the Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works initiative. Simon has recorded 16 albums with his latest, Solo Live, released in October 2021. His 2016 album, Latin American Songbook, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and was described as “brimming with lyricism, color, and groove, giving instrumental voice to songs originally made famous by such singers as Caetano Veloso and Mercedes Sosa.” The Edward Simon Trio has been playing together for fifteen years, performing at some of the top venues and festivals in the country and is hailed as one of today’s top jazz piano trios. The trio’s current focus is on Simon’s compositions and arrangements of Latin American standards. Born in Mexico City and now based in New York, Magos Herrera is a “dazzling jazz singer, songwriter, producer, and educator,” who was declared “one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of song” by The Latin Jazz Network. Best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Ibero-American melodies and rhythms, Herrera sings in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, and has garnered many awards and recognitions, including a Grammy short-list nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for her album Distancia (2009). The only female artist to have received the Berklee College of Music’s Master of Latin Music Award, she is a champion of women’s causes and a promoter of gender equality, serving as spokesperson for UN Women, and contributing to UNITE to end violence against women. She serves as an artistic advisor of the “National Sawdust,” one of Brooklyn’s most innovative venues, and produces and hosts a weekly radio program from New York for Mexico’s Public Radio. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, percussionist Luis Ernesto Quintero Vegas (who goes by Luis Quintero) hails from a lineage of distinguished musicians and singers. He has participated in over 700 musical productions spanning a wide range of genres and is a multiple Grammy or Latin Grammy Award winner, including with Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band for Best Latin Jazz Album (2019) and in with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra for Best Tropical Latin album (2018).

This concert is made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


On & On: José James Sings Badu

(FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 7:30PM)

A New Mexico Jazz Festival Event

Combining jazz, soul, drum’n’bass, and spoken word into his own unique brand of vocal jazz, New York City-based vocalist José James is often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation. Last heard in a performance at the Lensic in Santa Fe in a December 2021 New Mexico Jazz Festival event, James returns to New Mexico to perform at the Lensic and Outpost with his latest project honoring Grammy winning singer-songwriter (as well as touring artist, producer, DJ, director, and activist) Eryka Badu. An artist who often shows love to those who inspire him, James has dedicated entire albums to artists whose music he’s admired, including Billie Holiday and Bill Withers, and on his latest release, On & On: José James Sings Badu, he “investigates the breadth of Erykah Badu’s iconic catalog, from her groundbreaking debut album Baduizm to her contemporary masterpieces New Amerykah Pt. 1 and 2.” James notes, “It’s simple . . . Jazz singing has always been about interpreting the highest level of standards of your time. And for my generation Erykah Badu has been one of the most innovative and incisive songwriters. Her work has proven to be groundbreaking in a social, musical and artistic sense.” On & On is described as a jazz album conceived in the spirit of Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, and on which James “artfully draws upon his experiences with modern masters like McCoy Tyner, Robert Glasper and Flying Lotus to create a new sonic landscape through an improvisatory lens.” A celebrated international performer, James has released 11 critically-acclaimed albums and presented his work at venues such as The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Ancienne Belgique and Billboard Live Tokyo. He has performed as a guest artist with McCoy Tyner, Laura Mvula and the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Melbourne Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras and is the recipient of both the Edison Award and L’Académie du Jazz Grand Prix. NPR Music exclaims, “Catch up with Jose James now because he’s a rarity— an artist evolving at warp speed.” James will be joined by Ebban Dorsey, saxophone; BIGYUKI, keys; David Ginyard, bass; and Jharis Yokley, drums.

On & On: José James Sings Badu” will also perform in Santa Fe at the Lensic on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm


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.



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