Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is a well established Albuquerque attorney who focuses on habeas corpus law in his private practice and seeks to protect indigenous clients’ constitutional rights. With a passion for jazz, attorney Geoffrey Scovil supports the Albuquerque nonprofit organization Outpost Performance Space, which offers local musicians a place to play and also attracts performers from around the world.
As reported in the Albuquerque Journal, one recent Outpost Performance Space offering was Ukulele Weekend. This unique event was the brainchild of Jim D’Ville, who was surprised to find a thriving ukulele scene locally and in Santa Fe when he settled in New Mexico.
The workshops focused on enriching the understanding of players new to the ukulele on the “emotional value” of the Hawaiian stringed instrument, as well as specific playing techniques. Topics covered went well beyond the basic ukulele chords and included play-along sessions in the country, jug band, and easy blues veins. One of the aspects that many enjoy about the ukulele is its easy to pick up basics, which serve to bring together and connect people in shared musical endeavors.
Since 1998, attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has overseen his own law practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Specializing in Habeas Corpus law, he practices indigent criminal defense and works to protect his clients' constitutional rights. Geoffrey Scovil and his wife support numerous endeavors in the Albuquerque area, including the
Outpost Performance Space.
As a nonprofit, member-supported performing arts venue, the Outpost Performance Space features more than 100 shows annually. These include a variety of performances, including folk music, spoken word, youth performances, and jazz. Founded in 1988, the facility also offers year-round educational programs for youth and adults, including sessions on jazz and Latin music.
One event presented by the Outpost Performance Space is the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. The festival, co-sponsored by The Lensic Performing Arts Center, was first held in 2006 and piggybacked on the former Open Arts Foundation’s Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival. The inaugural year of the New Mexico Jazz Festival saw Branford Marsalis and McCoy Tyner perform. The 2017 event occurred from July 13 to August 5.
Attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil oversees a criminal defense practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his free time, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling, hiking, and listening to jazz music. Also an avid reader, he counts Japanese writer Haruki Murakami among his favorite authors.
A former jazz bar owner, Haruki Murakami made the spontaneous decision to begin writing while watching a baseball game in 1978. The following year, he published his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, which earned him a Japanese literary award for budding writers. Bolstered by the success of his first novel, he continued to write and eventually quit the bar business after becoming a bestselling author.
Since writing his first book, Murakami has published 13 novels as well as several collections of essays and short stories, including 2014’s Men without Women, which was translated into English and published in 2017. The 228-page collection features seven stories that mix melancholy and wry humor with Murakami’s recurring themes of existentialism and alienation. Men without Women also includes references to the Beatles and writers such as Franz Kafka and Ernest Hemingway, the latter of whom published a story collection of the same name.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.