The Evolution of Jazz

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Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney with a law practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he focuses on criminal defense and Habeas Corpus law. In addition to his criminal law practice, Geoffrey Scovil supports the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Outpost Performance Space is a small non-profit organization that brings jazz musicians from all over the world to New Mexico.

Jazz is a musical genre with a rich history. As this style of music evolved, it slowly incorporated certain characteristics from African American and European American traditions. In addition to the mixed musical elements, jazz lends itself to artist improvisation during live performances.

Jazz musicians may use a variety of tempos and styles. For instance, jazz can range from music that has more of swing feel to jazz that involves rhythmic interpretations and elements. As more generations embrace jazz, it will continue to evolve. To reinvigorate jazz, some contemporary musicians have combined elements of rock, funk, and Latin American music with traditional jazz elements.


Haruki Murakami Library Records at the Center of a Privacy Debate

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novelist Haruki Murakami


Serving the Albuquerque, New Mexico, community, attorney Geoffrey Scovil provides legal defense for the indigent and aggressively protects the Constitutional rights of his clients. An avid reader, Geoffrey Scovil considers novelist Haruki Murakami, who mixes diverse literary elements, ranging from detective fiction to magical realism, his favorite author.

In December 2015, librarians in Japan were dismayed to find that the list of books the author checked out as a teenager were published by the newspaper Kobe Shimbun. The list included a three-volume set of the complete works of Joseph Kessel. The pioneering French author is known for writing scandalous books, such as 1928’s Belle de Jour, about a housewife who seeks alternative life pathways.

The Japan Library Association was vocal in criticizing the dissemination of these records from half a century ago, claiming that it constituted a violation of privacy. The assistant managing editor of Kobe Shimbun countered that understanding how Murakami developed as a writer was valid as “a subject for scholarly study.”

This debate is noteworthy in that it brings to light a Japanese system that protects library data privacy more strictly than the United States, in which the Patriot Act empowers federal government access to a host of data once considered private and off limits.

New Mexico Land and Water Conservation Fund Renewal Battle Looms

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New Mexico Land and Water Conservation Fund

Geoffrey Scovil is a respected Albuquerque, New Mexico, indigent defense attorney who aggressively defends clients’ constitutional rights. Geoffrey Scovil enjoys the natural beauty of the Albuquerque area and supports the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, which is committed to the designation and protection of wild lands throughout the state.

A major issue confronting state lawmakers is renewal of the 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired in late 2015. Financed by energy companies that drill for oil and gas resources on the publicly owned Outer Continental Shelf, the fund provides money to acquire private land adjacent to protected lands. These range from wildlife refuges to national parks and forests. In 2014, the amount of money collected totaled approximately $900 million.

Over the decades, the fund also has been responsible for the protection of areas of historic and cultural significance. These include the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Holding up fund reauthorization is the assertion by some in the state legislature that the money should be spent in other ways than federal land acquisition.

Supporting the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

As a solo practitioner specializing in habeas corpus law, Geoffrey Scovil has established a long career as an attorney at law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Geoffrey Scovil is also an active supporter of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the natural ecology of New Mexico.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance relies heavily on the support of its volunteers, who are encouraged to write letters to their elected representatives, stressing the importance of wilderness protection and calling for proactive legislation. In the past, letters from concerned citizens have helped to create wilderness areas, ban snowmobiles from national parks, and shut down harmful mining operations.

Through its Online Action Center, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance also enables supporters to join advocacy campaigns and send faxes to politicians at all levels of government. Outside of letter writing, individuals can support the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance by volunteering at wilderness sites, reporting violations, and contacting local newspapers.

Educational Programs at the Outpost Performance Space

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Educational Programs at the Outpost Performance Space

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil has practiced habeas corpus law at his self-titled law practice for more than 15 years. An active member of his Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil provides frequent support to the Outpost Performance Space.

Over the course of 25 years, Outpost Performance Space has invited thousands of international musicians and artists to hold shows at its location in Albuquerque’s Union District. Relying on the support of community members and monetary grants, the organization also offers a number of instructional programs to individuals of all ages. Since its inception in 1996, the organization has facilitated a variety of arts lessons for nearly 2,000 local students.

Home School Opera Workshop
Outpost Performance Space adopted this workshop from the Santa Fe Opera outreach program. Over the course of eight weeks, children between ages 4 and 14 receive the unique opportunity to develop and perform an original opera. With the help of two experienced instructors, the students cultivate skills in acting, singing, and music composition.

Jazz and Latin Music Classes
Outpost facilitates Jazz and Latin Music Classes for young people ages 10 and older, helping them increase their musical skills while building self-confidence. During each class, students work directly with four instructors to prepare for a small music recital. The organization holds classes based on students’ various skill levels and ages.

Teen Performance Nights
Throughout the year, Outpost holds monthly Performance Nights that allow teens to share their artistic talents with their local community. The organization welcomes musical acts as well as dance and poetry readings, providing participants with the chance to gain public performance experience.

Cleveland Browns Honor Military Members During Salute to Service Event

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Salute to Service

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Geoffrey Scovil focuses his practice on criminal defense and habeas corpus law as an independent attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While he stays involved in his local community in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil maintains ties to Cleveland as an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns.

Recently, the Browns contributed to the NFL’s Salute to Service month by honoring a number of military members and veterans during their November 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Members of all five branches of the United States military attended the game and received the unique opportunity to participate in several on-field events. During the pregame ceremony, the Browns invited more than 30 active Ohio National Guard members to hold the American flag. The team subsequently honored HM1 Reggie Burton as its First and Ten Coin Toss Captain prior to kickoff.

The Browns also recognized the United Service Organizations of Northern Ohio, which serves as a partner for the team’s ongoing First and Ten initiative. After the game, the team sold game-used gear on the league’s NFL Auction website, giving the full proceeds to such organizations as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pat Tillman Foundation.

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.