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HSPVA Vocal Music Teacher, Pat Bonner, was honored at DocFest’s December 28, 2019 Concert

DocFest will honor Pat Bonner at the concert on December 28th…Yes this Saturday! Purchase your tickets at https://docfestjazz.org/december-28-docfest-2019-presents/ We Love You Patricia Bonner by Stephanie York Blue Patricia Bonner has more than 50 years of HISD teaching experience, beginning at Albert Thomas Junior High and ending at HSPVA (46 years!). In that span, she inspired countless students to continue their musical journeys into college … Read More HSPVA Vocal Music Teacher, Pat Bonner, was honored at DocFest’s December 28, 2019 Concert

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KEITH VIVENS INDUCTED IN KINDER HSPVA JAZZ HALL OF FAME

As a prominent component of DocFest, Inc., the Board of Directors voted unanimously in 2014 to establish the HSPVA JAZZ HALL OF FAME, members to be highly successful and prominent alumni of the HSPVA jazz program, as selected by the Board.  Recipients will be inducted annually at DocFest, and, in most cases, will headline their respective DocFest concerts. About BASSIST, Keith Vivens HSPVA ’80 … Read More KEITH VIVENS INDUCTED IN KINDER HSPVA JAZZ HALL OF FAME

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Celebrating Al Jarreau Concert Highlights

DocFest Fall Benefit Concert, Celebrating Al Jarreau…Starring Chris Walker & Friends, was a huge success! The full house concert took place on September 7th, in the new state-of-the-art Denney Theatre, located in Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), downtown Houston. DocFest celebrated Al Jarreau & special guests, a Kinder HSPVA Hall of Fame induction and a surprise proclamation delivered by Mayor … Read More Celebrating Al Jarreau Concert Highlights

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DocFest Musicians Conduct Master Class

On Friday, September 6th, DocFest Co-founder & President, Chris Walker and Friends conducted a Master Class at Kinder HSPVA with Warren Sneed’s top big band during his Jazz Ensemble I class.  Warren Sneed is the Director of Jazz Studies at Kinder HSPVA and Vice President of DocFest.  DocFest’s honoree, Robert “Doc” Morgan, the Jazz Studies Director at HSPVA from 1976-1999, was the moderator. The … Read More DocFest Musicians Conduct Master Class

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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 … Read More Jazz Scholarship