DocFest 2015 Highlights
DocFest 2016 with Jason Moran
Jason Moran invites 2013 scholarship recipient, Sterling Overshown, to the stage.
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 ’18 New York Purchase Tickets
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City & Robert “Doc” Morgan
Concert starts at 3:00 pm. A jam session following concert 5:30 – 7:30 pm
$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
DocFest ’18 New York Performers
American Jazz Trumpeter…Marvin Stamm
Jazz Trumpeter & Composer…Randy Brecker
Helen Sung, piano; Marcos Varela, bass; Reggie Quinerly, drums
Helen Sung’s photo by Kat Villacorta
American Jazz Drummer…Eric Harland
Aaron Parks, piano; Matt Brewer, bass; Walter Smith III, tenor sax; Mike Moreno, guitar
Post-concert Jam Session
Hosted by James Francies
Bring your instrument and join the fun!
DocFest New York Host Hotel
Check in time: 3:00 pm/Check out time: 11:00 am
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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
General Admission $50 and VIP $100
Ensemble Theatre located at 3535 Main St. in Houston, TX
Valet parking available starting at 6:30 pm
Master of Ceremonies
Donna Franklin, Program Director at KTSU
DocFest ’18 Performers
Pianist, Robert Glasper
Burniss Travis, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums
photo by Mathieu Bitton
Saxophonist, Shelley Carrol
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
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)
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.