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Home » Recent News » AFM Life Member Robert “Doc” Morgan Inducted Into Jazz Education Hall of Fame

AFM Life Member Robert “Doc” Morgan Inducted Into Jazz Education Hall of Fame


Robert “Doc” Morgan is the 2020 inductee into DownBeat magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame. Now retired, Morgan served for 23 years as director of jazz studies at Houston’s Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts, the school that has spawned so many of the jazz world’s current pacesetters, including:

•  Mark Kelley, Local 802 (New York City), bassist with The Roots.

•  Jason Moran, Local 802 (New York City), pianist/composer; MacArthur “genius” Fellow.

•  Chris Walker, Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), bassist/vocalist/composer, long associated with Al Jarreau.

Morgan, an alumnus of the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois/Urbana, is a life member of Local 65-699 (Houston, TX), having first become an AFM member during his freshman year in high school (then-Local 147, Dallas, TX). He was a member of two of the best-ever big bands in Texas, Dallas’s Euel Box Orchestra (trumpet) and Houston’s Ed Gerlach Orchestra (piano).

“Doc” is the 29th member of DownBeat’s Hall of Fame and is only the sixth public school educator to be so honored.

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