DocFest 2018 Benefit Concert

2018 DocFest Benefit Concert is HAPPENING!


Houston – September 22nd at 7:30 pm

Denney Theatre @ HSPVA, 4001 Stanford St., Houston, TX 77006

We encourage guests to arrive early or to use a cab service.  There is street construction around campus, and parking will be limited.

Purchase Tickets

General Admission $25
Preferred Seating $50
VIP Seating $100

(VIP includes a private meet & greet with Gerald Albright immediately after the concert. Your photo will be taken by a professional photographer and mailed to you.) Gerald will have his CDs for sale $20.00 each. 

DocFest is proud to present…

Saxophonist Gerald Albright

Gerald Albright Photo

Click here to view Gerald’s Biography

Accompanying Artists

(click on artists’ names for biographies)

John Calderon (guitar), Chris Walker (bass), Patrick Williams (drums) & Glenn Piper (keys)

Also appearing HSPVA Septet


We are honored to have…

Scott Gertner as our Master of Ceremonies



Click here to view Scott’s Biography

Opening the concert will be HSPVA Septet:

Mogi Taylor-Shienman, alto sax

Richard Cruz, trumpet (son of an HSPVA alumnus!)

Sasha Ripley, tenor sax

Phineas Davenport, keyboard

Samson Dinkins, guitar

Eoin Donovan, bass

Nino Aiyer, drums

led by Warren Sneed (HSPVA ’78), Director of Jazz Studies


We encourage guests to arrive early or to use a cab service.  There is street construction around campus, and parking will be  limited.




DocFest 2018 New York Concert


DocFest New York

Hosted by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City

New York, NY – December 9th

The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Featured Artists:

Grammy Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Wallace Roney

Jazz trumpeter and composer, Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker

Click here to view Randy’s biography

American Jazz Trumpeter, Marvin Stamm

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Click here to view Marvin’s biography

American Jazz Drummer, Eric Harland & Band

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Click here to view Eric’s biography

Tickets will go on sale in October!


DocFest 2018 Houston Concert

Tickets available this fall!

Saturday, December 22nd

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

DocFest ’18 Featured Artists

Pianist Robert Glasper

Robert Glaspeer

photo by Mathieu Bitton

Click here to view Robert’s biography

And Saxophonist Shelley Carrol


Click here to view Shelley’s biography

Accompanying Artists

Bobby Sparks (organ), Todd Parsnow (guitar) & Andrew Griffith (drums)

Willow Weep for Me featuring Shelley on the 1982 album, Kohoutek

Valet parking available starting at 6:30 pm

Click here for additional parking information


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 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)



Learn more about Kinder HSPVA

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) is a public high school in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh-largest school system in the nation. Its founding, in 1971, can be traced to the keen visions of two legendary educators:

Ruth Denney

Ruth Denney

• Ruth Denney, Founding Principal
• Dr. George Garver, the forward-thinking HISD Superintendent of Schools, 1970 – 1974

Ms. Denney and Dr. Garver admired New York’s famed fine arts high school (LaGuardia), and felt that HISD had grown in numbers and talent to the extent that such a program could be established for the gifted youth of Houston, without adversely affecting the many excellent neighborhood high schools. This was before the now-familiar term, “magnet school,” was coined, but the concept was identical.

After many months of planning, HSPVA opened its doors in the fall of 1971 in an abandoned synagogue just south of downtown Houston. The school was successful from day one (a surprise to many), and has since evolved to become one of the most renowned arts training programs in the world, with curricula offered in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts; also with traditional high school academic offerings of the highest caliber.

Ruth Denney shepherded HSPVA through its early years, and then departed in 1976 to become Professor of Theatre at the University of Texas/Austin. She retired from UT in 1988, remaining in Austin until her death in 2007 at age 92. Among her many significant honors:

• HSPVA’s performance hall is named, in perpetuity, The Ruth Denney Theatre
• The Ruth Denney Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Theatre at the University of Texas, established at the time of her retirement

Further information about HSPVA, including audition details, is available at the school’s website:
Kinder HSPVA