2019 New Mexico Jazz Fest Kicks Off at the Outpost Performance Space

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Outpost Performance Space
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Geoffrey Scovil is an accomplished criminal defense attorney in New Mexico who has operated his own law firm for more than 20 years. When he isn’t working, Geoffrey “Geoff”Scovil is an avid fan of jazz music and supports the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque.

Operated by the nonprofit arts organization Outpost Productions for more than 30 years, the Outpost Performance Space is located at 210 Southeast Yale in Albuquerque’s University District. This smoke-free and alcohol-free venue served as the first performance space for the 14th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival on Thursday, July 11.

The Festival’s inaugural act was the Doug Lawrence New Organ Quartet, an ensemble headed by Count Basie Orchestra saxophonist Doug Lawrence and featuring Chicago-based B3 organist Dan Trudell. In addition to hosting this band for the 2019 New Mexico Jazz Festival kick-off, the Outpost Performance Space/Outpost Productions joined the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation as the New Mexico Jazz Festival’s primary sponsors.

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Three of the Top-Rated Trails in New Mexico’s Pecos Wilderness

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney Geoffrey Scovil has more than two decades of legal experience. He runs a private practice, protecting clients’ constitutional rights and representing them in criminal defenses cases. Beyond his professional endeavors, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys hiking in many of the state’s outdoor areas. His favorite destination is the Pecos Wilderness, which offers numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty.

The following are some of the highest-rated ventures:

1. Lake Katherine Trail
Arguably the most popular trail in the Pecos Wilderness, it culminates in picturesque Lake Katherine and takes hikers deep into the midst of the Santa Fe National Forest. The trail is dog-friendly and widely used for backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding with peak visitation during the summer season. Although the route itself is only 1.3 miles long, getting there can prove difficult, as the trailhead begins at Windsor Trail #254, which is moderately challenging.

2. Stewart Lake Trail
The 10- to-13-mile Stewart Lake Trail provides some of the most breathtaking views of the New Mexico mountain wilderness, encompassing over 200,000 acres of wildflower meadows, high peaks, and alpine lakes. Visitors can also expect to catch a glimpse of the area’s abundant wildlife. Appropriate for novice and veteran hikers, the route permits leashed dogs and is best traversed in the summer through early fall.

3. Cave Creek Trail
Cave Creek Trail is a roughly 6-mile trek that begins at the Panchuela Campground for hikers and the Cowles Trailhead for horseback riders. Rated as an easy-to-moderate hike, it features streams, wildflowers, and views of 13,000-foot glacier-sculpted mountain peaks. Dogs are welcome on leash, and the trail is open from late May to early November.

Haruki Murakami and His Love of Jazz

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Haruki Murakami
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As an independent attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil works on habeas corpus cases as well as felony criminal cases. During law school, he volunteered for the public defender’s office in Cleveland. When Geoffrey Scovil is not practicing law in Albuquerque, he likes to read books by his favorite author, Haruki Murakami.

Before he became a bestselling author, Haruki Murakami rejected Japanese literature, art, and music and identified more with Western culture, including Hollywood movies, paperback books, and jazz music. When he was 23 years old, he managed a jazz club called Peter Cat in Tokyo, Japan. In an interview with Paris Review, Murakami admitted to being a fan of jazz music since the age of 13 or 14. He credits the melodies, rhythm, and chords as having a strong influence on his writing.

Murakami also wanted to learn to play an instrument, but he never developed the skill he wanted. For him, writing became his instrument for expression.

Interesting Facts about Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami
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Attorney Geoffrey Scovil is a habeas corpus lawyer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An avid reader away from his Albuquerque legal practice, Geoffrey Scovil notes Haruki Murakami as his favorite author.

A Nobel Prize Literature Award Candidate, Murakami is an accomplished, yet extremely private, author. Following are just a few little-known facts about the writer:

Jazz enthusiast – Murakami owns over 6,000 music records, many of which are from various jazz musicians. Before becoming an author, he worked at a record store and has often cited Boston as his favorite place to travel because of its numerous record stores.

Rigid routine – When he is writing a novel, Murakami maintains a very strict routine to reach a deeper state of mind. This routine starts with waking up at 4 a.m. and spending between five and six hours writing. Then he runs or swims, reads, listens to music, and goes to bed at 9 p.m.

Rejected Japanese literature – While growing up, Murakami read literature from various 19th-century European authors such as Dickens and Chekhov. He completely avoided Japanese literature because his father taught the subject and Murakami did not want to discuss Japanese literature with his father.

Doesn’t know the ending of his books – Despite authoring many crime novels, Murakami does not know the ending of his books as he writes them. This often puts him on the same ground as his readers, and he uses the mystery as motivation to keep writing.

Jazz and Latin Music Classes at Outpost Performance Space

Geoffrey Scovil, a habeas corpus attorney practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an active member of his community. Geoffrey Scovil supports a number of Albuquerque-based organizations, including the Outpost Performance Space, through which he sponsored a performance from the jazz group, Ralph Alessi’s Baida Quartet.

Dedicated to enriching the community with a wide range of musical and visual presentations, the Outpost Performance Space has served as the non-smoking, non-alcohol home of Outpost Productions since 1990. Beyond the variety of performances it hosts, the organization offers a range of educational programs designed to help youth and adults enjoy the arts in a more hands-on capacity.

To this end, the Outpost Performance Space offers jazz and Latin music classes. The classes are taught by a team consisting of a pianist, drummer, percussionist, and saxophonist. Designed to build cooperation and positive attitudes, each class accommodates no more than 12 students, aged 10 and up.

Outpost separates its classes by youth and adult students and most courses include two five-week sessions. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to class; however, the space does provide guitar and bass amplifiers along with a drum set and piano. At the end of the second session, all students perform a recital for their friends and family.

Haruki Murakami Republishes Original Novellas Wind and Pinball

With more than 15 years of experience helping to defend the constitutional rights of his clients, attorney Geoffrey Scovil operates his private Albuquerque practice and contracts with the New Mexico Public Defender Department. Away from representing his Albuquerque-area clients, Geoffrey Scovil pursues a variety of interests and enjoys reading fiction by Haruki Murakami.

The author of such works as 19Q4 and Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami recently published a compilation of his debut and sophomore novellas–Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973–together titled Wind/Pinball. In 1979, the former earned the Gunzou Literature Prize, awarded to emerging writers, and established the foundation for The Trilogy of The Rat, with Pinball, 1973, serving as the first sequel.

Available in a new English translation, Wind/Pinball explores themes of loneliness and obsession through the lives of man called the Rat and a nameless narrator. Additionally, Murakami has written a new introduction that details his decision to write professionally and his early creative processes.