Friday, April 8 – 7:30pm
Ravi Abcarian Quartet
Don Beck, trumpet
Tammy Lynne Hall, piano
Ravi Abcarian, bass
Jack Dorsey, drums
BYOB, a mask and $20 cash for the cover charge.
Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30 show.
Reservations, call the shop at 415-586-3733. We’ll hold your seat ’til showtime.
San Francisco Bay Area based composer and jazz bassist Ravi Abcarian started learning guitar at the age of seven and began playing bass when his high school jazz band director challenged him to switch from electric guitar to upright bass.
Ravi went on to join the house band for a weekly jam session at the famed jazz venue Yoshi’s Oakland. There, he met and began working with many of the Bay Area’s great musicians, including Faye Carol, Edwin Kelly and Smiley Winters. By his mid-twenties he was busy performing a wide range of gigs, from small clubs and cafés in Oakland and San Francisco to regional jazz festivals.
In 1997, Ravi was invited to join the Oakland, CA based nonprofit organization Oaktown Jazz Workshops (OJW), as a bass instructor, by Founding Director Khalil Shaheed. Shortly after, Ravi was promoted to the position of Educational Director. In 2011, Ravi was appointed Executive Director of OJW by Mr. Shaheed and the OJW Board of Directors.
Ravi has more than 20 years of teaching experience through his former role as the Artistic Director of “The Richmond Jazz Collective,” a resident company at The East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond, CA where he taught from 1993 to 2013, as a school music teacher for grades K-12, and teaching individual bass and guitar lessons at his home studio. He also enjoys working as a sideman, as evidenced by his extensive experience accompanying artists ranging from legendary tap dancer Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers) and vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock to tenor saxophonists Chico Freeman, Joshua Redman and Sonny Simmons.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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