DocFest 2015 Highlights

DocFest 2016 with Jason Moran

Jason Moran invites 2013 scholarship recipient, Sterling Overshown, to the stage.


Scott Gertner inducted into HSPVA’s Jazz Hall of Fame




Scott Gertner, class of ‘77, was inducted in the HSPVA Jazz Hall of Fame by the DocFest board on September 22, 2018 at the DocFest Benefit concert in the Denney Theatre starring Gerald Albright. His nameplate now shares the wall in the jazz department at HSPVA  with distinguished alumni like Jason Moran and Eric Harland.


DocFest New York


DocFest 2018 New York Concert

DocFest ’18 New York  Purchase Tickets


Hosted by

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City & Robert “Doc” Morgan

December 9th

Concert starts at 3:00 pm. A jam session following concert 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices

$25.00 for students, $50.00 GA and $100.00 VIP (t-shirt included)


John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center

63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003


Master of Ceremonies

Robert “Doc” Morgan


DocFest ’18 New York Performers

American Jazz Trumpeter…Marvin Stamm

Jazz Trumpeter & Composer…Randy Brecker 

Grammy Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter…Wallace Roney

Performing With:

Helen Sung, piano; Marcos Varela, bass; Reggie Quinerly, drums



Helen Sung’s photo by Kat Villacorta


American Jazz Drummer…Eric Harland

Performing with:

Aaron Parks, piano; Matt Brewer, bass; Walter Smith III, tenor sax; Mike Moreno, guitar

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Click here to view Eric’s biography


Post-concert Jam Session

Hosted by James Francies


Bring your instrument and join the fun!


DocFest New York Host Hotel

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Check in time: 3:00 pm/Check out time: 11:00 am

Individual Cancellation Policy:

Time Period

Cancellation Penalty
Up to 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival date $0.00
From 14 days or less prior to your scheduled arrival date One night’s room rate

DocFest 2018 Houston Concert

Tickets available Now!  Purchase Tickets

Saturday, December 22nd

Concert starts at 7:30 pm

Meet & Greet at 6:30 pm – Music by HSPVA Jazz Combo – Hors d’ Oeuvres & cash bar

Ticket Prices

General Admission $50 and VIP $100


Ensemble Theatre located at 3535 Main St. in Houston, TX

Valet parking available starting at 6:30 pm

Click here for additional parking information

Master of Ceremonies

Donna Franklin, Program Director at KTSU

Donna Franklin headshot

DocFest ’18 Performers

Pianist, Robert Glasper

Performing with:

Burniss Travis, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums

Robert Glaspeer

photo by Mathieu Bitton 


Saxophonist, Shelley Carrol

Performing with:

Bobby Sparks, organ; Todd Parsnow, guitar; Andrew Griffith, drums


Follow this link to listen to: Willow Weep for Me featuring Shelley on the 1982 album, Kohoutek


Click on Artists’ names above to view their biographies


Jazz Scholarship

Upon the opening of New York’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NS/J) in 1986, there was an immediate bond between NS/J and Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), thanks to the outreach of NS/J’s founding artistic director, Arnie Lawrence (1938 – 2005). Largely due to Mr. Lawrence’s efforts, HSPVA bassist Chris Walker was a member of NS/J’s very first student body, having been heavily “recruited” by Arnie. In the subsequent years, many of HSPVA’s best jazz students have enrolled at NS/J, virtually all with substantial scholarship support from the university.

Robert “Doc” Morgan retired in 1999 after a twenty-three year career as Director of Jazz Studies at HSPVA. To commemorate his career and the invaluable opportunities afforded HSPVA graduates by NS/J, in August, 1999, Doc and Helen Morgan, in partnership with the SBC Foundation, endowed the “Helen and Bob Morgan Jazz Scholarship” at the New School. One “Morgan Scholar” is chosen each year, with he/she receiving a substantial tuition credit from the endowment fund. The student must be a graduate of HSPVA, and, once awarded, the scholarship may be renewed to same student for a total of four years (assuming he/she remains in good standing, etc.).

Recipients of the Helen and Bob Morgan Jazz Scholarship to date include:
2000: Alan Hampton (bass/singer/songwriter)
2003: Chase Jordan (vibraphone)
2007: Corey King (trombone)
2008: Cory Cox (drums)
2011: Brenton Johnson (piano)
2013: Sterling Overshown (piano)
2017: Bryant Troy Hunter (drums)                                                                                                        2018: Elijah Micheaux (trumpet)

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Congratulations to the 2018 scholarship recipient, Elijah Micheaux, HSPVA class of 2005!

Thus far, DocFest has contributed $92,500 to the Helen and Bob Morgan Jazz Scholarship.