Robert B. Morgan

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Photo of Robert Morgan and Shelley Carrol, who is holding a crystal trophyRobert B. Morgan (’65 M.M.), Houston, was 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 (HSPVA), the school that has spawned many of the jazz world’s current pacesetters, including saxophonist Shelley Carrol (’92) (pictured with him at right). Prior to his HSPVA career, he was director of jazz studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. In 2000, Dr. Morgan and his wife, Helen, assisted by SBC Foundation, endowed the Bob and Helen Morgan Jazz Scholarship at UNT, dedicated to graduates of HSPVA. While at North Texas, Morgan played trumpet and trombone in the One O’Clock Lab Band and piano in the Two O’Clock Lab Band. He directed two lab bands and taught arranging while serving as a teaching assistant to Leon Breeden, who is also a member of the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. His favorite North Texas memory is hanging out at Pender's, then a combination cafe/music store just off-campus, and having "fancy dinners" at the steakhouse in Ponder.