Space Still Available in Some Classes!; Spring 2022 Season Ahead! + Inpost Artspace: Ambos Lados, Both Sides of the Border ~ International Print Exchange

Outpost Jazz, Latin Music and Blues Guitar Classes began last week and will continue through March! There is still some space available in some of the classes, so CHECK IT ALL OUT & REGISTER HERE! Meanwhile, we have an exciting Spring 2022 Season ahead!  Joey DeFrancesco, Feb. 25 & Feb. 26 is VERY close to sold out, so don’t delay! Tickets also available ford Pierre Bensusan, April 8 and more will go on sale this week! Other highlights  include Oscar Peñas; Ben Monder Trio; Michael Anthony-Paul Gonzales Quartet; Rahim AlHaj & Friends: Celebrating 22 Years in Abq; AfroMundo Collective; Omar Sosa w. Seckou Keita; Lee Ritenour-Dave Grusin Group (The New Mexico Jazz Festival Honors Dave Grusin this year with his longtime collaborator, Lee Ritenour and this will be the first time ever that they will be performing together in New Mexico!); D’Dat with Delbert Anderson; Doug Lawrence Y Sus Nuevo Mexicanos; David Friesen & Kevin Zoernig; Peter Erskine Quartet w. George Garzone, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles; & More! Stay tuned for more details on our Schedule Page!

Plus, coming up in early February, it’s our first Inpost Artspace Exhibition of 2022! Ambos Lados –A print exchange between artists on both sides of the US Mexico border. Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb 5, 5-7pm. The exhibition runs from Jan. 24-April 29! The exhibit may be viewed during the reception, at Outpost performances, and by appointment. To make an appointment, email mail@outpostspace.org

We look forward to sharing another great season of music, art and much more with you!

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!

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!

 

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

Tracey Whitney & The Art of Jazz Live From The Outpost Stage – Available For Viewing Through April 15! + Coming in May – Arlen Asher Birthday Tribute!

Have you checked out our currently running Live From The Outpost Stage virtual event yet? Vocalist Tracey Whitney & The Art of Jazz runs through this Thursday, April 15! In February 2021, Whitney’s ensemble, The Art of Jazz, was invited to perform as part of Mayor Tim Keller’s State of the City Pre-Party virtual experience, which also featured performances by Severo y Grupo Fuego, Le Chat Lunatique, and Reviva. Outpost donated the Space, along with sound and video production, for Tracey’s performance, which was recorded live with no audience at the Outpost Performance Space on Friday, February 12. Tune In and Click Here For Full Details and Tickets!

And coming in May, Outpost is pleased to present the Arlen Asher Virtual Birthday Tribute, a special event honoring New Mexico jazz luminary, longtime Outpost friend and multi-woodwind maestro and educator Arlen Asher, who passed away last year at the age of 91.  Featuring footage from Arlen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at Outpost in May of 2019, the event will also feature footage from the NM Music Commission’s 2017 Platinum Music Awards video presentation which honored Arlen for his lifetime achievement in music and his significant contributions to music in New Mexico, and a live from the Outpost Stage concert by the Santa Fe Music Collective Legacy Band featuring Arlen’s longtime friend and musical collaborator, drummer John Trentacosta; Alex Murzyn, woodwinds; Terry Burns, bass; and Bob Fox, piano. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

PLUS . . . Spring Online Classes Have Begun!
Newly added: 
Improvising the Blues on Guitar (for Guitarists!) with Dimi Disanti, starting April 29!

Click here for all the details!

NEW MEXICO JAZZ FESTIVAL MEET THE NEA JAZZ MASTER VIRTUAL EVENT W. A.B. SPELLMAN & ALBERT “TOOTIE” HEATH AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING THROUGH THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 6

Don’t miss the second in our series of New Mexico Jazz Festival Online Video Events, Meet the NEA Jazz Master featuring a real-time conversation (recorded last week!) with retired NEA Deputy Chairman, poet and author, A.B. Spellman, and legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, who was named an NEA Jazz Master this year! We began our New Mexico Jazz Festival virtual events last December 2020 with a 7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival Revisited presentation featuring recorded material culled from the 2012 New Mexico Jazz Festival. In the absence of live concerts, we are offering these special events as a special treat and they have really been terrific! The Meet the NEA Jazz Master event went live on February 19 and will be available for viewing through Saturday, March 6, 2021!  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION! 

A.B. Spellman has been an integral part the New Mexico Jazz Festival since its inception in 2006, presenting a “Meet the NEA Jazz Masters” conversation at the Lensic every year. He has spoken with Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, John Hendricks & Sheila Jordan, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, and so many more, including Albert “Tootie” Heath’s older brother, saxophonist Jimmy Heath in 2010. In that conversation, A.B. pointed to “Tootie” in the audience and said, “Tootie certainly deserves to be named an NEA Jazz Master as well.”  Well, this year, that well deserved honor came to fruition! So, it seemed fitting to do a Meet The NEA Jazz Master virtual conversation as part of our series and we were so pleased that both Mr. Spellman and Mr. Heath were willing and able to make it happen!

Produced by Reinhard Lorenz of First Eye Films and Outpost Founder & Executive Director, Tom Guralnick, this event is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Kaman Foundation; The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the City of Albuquerque, and we thank our sponsors, Lynn Slade & Susan Zimmerman.

AND….Stay Tuned For More New Mexico Jazz Festival Revisited Video Productions in the coming months!

 

Celebrating Black History Month All Month on the Outpost Community Clipboard! + New Class, Playing Together Online w. JamKazam, Begins Feb 10!

Ah, February ~ the month of hearts & flowers, chocolates and Valentines, and of course LUV – in all its various forms! We do hope it’s a sweet month for you all! February also brings us Black History Month! And what better way to celebrate than with some great music from Jazz, Blues, R & B, etc. artists past and present! We will be highlighting some virtual concerts and events on our Outpost Community Clipboard (our weekly e-blast cluing you in to all the great things going on here in NM and beyond) throughout the month, so stay connected! Sign up to receive our e-blasts HERE! Have an event, concert, poem, artwork, etc. that you’d like to share on the Community Clipboard? We’d love to hear from you! Simply email alicia@outpostspace.org and we will try to include it in an upcoming eblast!

Also, speaking of Black History Month, stay tuned for our next New Mexico Jazz Festival Video EventMeet The NEA Jazz MasterA Real Time Zoom Conversation with legendary drummer Tootie Heath and retired National Endowment for the Arts Deputy Chairman, jazz historian, and poet, A.B. Spellman. Details Coming Soon!

Meanwhile, our Winter 2021 Online Classes are in full swing, and our brand new class, Playing Together Online with JamKazamtaught by bassist, Rodney Bowe begins next week February 10! Don’t miss out on all the fun! Sign up here today!  More information on Online Offerings Here!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Inspired and Stay Connected!

The Outpost