DocFest 2015 Highlights

DocFest 2016 with Jason Moran

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


Honoring Pat Bonner at December 28th 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 and beyond. You can find many Bonner protégés in the teaching profession and/or performing professionally. Even students who did not pursue music as a career have been touched by her guidance in some way. Ms. Bonner believes that music enhances the soul and that the arts make us better people. Her teaching has allowed her to share that sentiment with her students, and she is proud to have exposed generations of students to the beauty of the arts.
Now that she’s retired, Ms. Bonner has plenty of time to travel and to give back by volunteering in schools and at church. However, you can still find her at HSPVA assisting with setup for various programs or attending recitals in the newly named Patricia Bonner Recital Hall.
Pat Bonner holds the distinction of being the only living person to have attended every commencement since the school’s inception, and is one of only a few remaining to have taught at all three campuses.
To sum things up in her own words, “She came, she saw, she conquered, she left, but she’ll be back!!!”


12.28.19 @ 7PM


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28TH @ 7PM – Lobby opens at 6PM


Everette Harp & Michael Rojas
Doors open at 6PM – Kinder HSPVA Jazz Combo performing
Concert starts at 7PM
Celebratory Cake and Jam Session hosted by David Craig following concert on 2nd floor in Studio Theatre…all musicians welcome to participate!



DocFest ’19!

Everette Harp & Michael Rojas

Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Purchase Tickets

In the NEW Denney Theatre at Kinder HSPVA located in the Theatre District Downtown Houston – 790 Austin, St. – Houston, TX 77002

Performing with: David Caceres (keys/alto/tenor/flute), Darrell Lavigne (keys), John Calderon (guitar), Dwight Sills (guitar), Keith Vivens (bass) Patrick Williams (drums)

More information including maps and parking visit DECEMBER 28 – DOCFEST PRESENTS



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


photo taken by David DeHoyos

Keith was voted “Best Bass Player in Houston,” 1998, by the critics poll in Public News Magazine. He co-leads the two-time Houston Press award-winning Funk Horn Band TKOh.

Keith is currently working on his second jazz fusion CD with the group Solar Wind. His first recording with the band will be available for sale at the concert with his original composition “Kemah Rita” on it. For the past few years, he has been hosting his steady gig every Monday evening at Eddie V’s restaurant West location on Kirby. He also has been hosting Friday and Saturday evenings at Ciro’s Italian restaurant on I-10 and Bunker Hill.

Keith is a devoted husband and father to wife Liz and kids Thalia and Matthew.

He has performed and recorded with artists Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Enders Bergcrantz, Vincent Hearing, Anita Moore, Yolanda Adams, Yvonne Washington, Donny McCaslin, Shelly Berg, Bernd Konrad, Vincent Gardner, Chris Dave, Tom Garling, Dave Taylor, Mark Soskins, Dennis Montgomery, Victor Lewis, Dave Catney, Fritz Renold, Valero Ponomarev, Howard Hewitt, Shelly Carol, Bobby Lyle, Rayford Griffin, Peabo Bryson, Ricky Lawson, Paul Jackson, Jr., Everette Harp, Page Cavanaugh,Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Branford Marsalis, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Randy & Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, George Coleman, Joe Lovano, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws, Michael Manson, Joe Sample, Grammy Award winning “La Mafia”, Scott Gertner Band, The Franchise, Stanley Turlentine, Kyle Turner, Les McCaan, Above the Rim, Horace Alexander Young, Carl Fontana, Ben Vereen, Project KDK band, Dwight Sills, V. Michael McKay, Little Joe Hernandez, Archie Bell, Mickey Gilley, and Roy Head, just to name a few.

Keith is the first electric bassist to ever play and record with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and is currently in the recording studio working on his first CD of all original compositions.



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 Sylvester Turner. The evening was MAGICAL!

Kinder HSPVA Jazz Combo Performed at the Reception before the Concert

Fans, Friends & Family Gathered

Keith Vivens & TKO opened the show with amazing talent and energy!

Keith Vivens, Class of ’80, was inducted by DocFest into the Kinder HSPVA Hall of Fame. David Craig, one of last year’s recipients, presented the award.

Robert “Doc” Morgan received a proclamation from the Mayor Sylvester Turner. He proclaimed September 7th, 2019 as Robert “Doc” Morgan day in the City of Houston!

Celebrating Al Jarreau…Starring Chris Walker & Friends was magical and healing!

Among those attending the concert was Al Jarreau’s close friends, fans and family (including Al’s son, Ryan). To complete this celebration, Chris invited everyone to the stage! There is no doubt that Al was right there with us!

A special thank you to DocFest’s official photographer, David DeHoyos, for his continued support. We would also like to thank Jeff Wayt for contributing his photos.