Special Events and Weddings

DAP_0236_White_BGThe Ravi Abcarian Quintet will help you create just the right atmosphere for your special event by playing jazz classics, upbeat tunes from great musicals as well as relaxing ballads and bossa novas.

Our Love Is Here to Stay by George & Ira Gershwin.

Manhã de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfá & Antônio Maria.

Don Beck- trumpet and flugelhorn
Kasey Knudsen- tenor saxophone
Laura Klein- piano
Ravi Abcarian- bass
Bryan Bowman- drums


Review by Molly M., San Francisco, CA

“Ravi is such a talented musician!

Over the past few years, my,{now}, husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed Ravi’s public performances throughout San Francisco and Berkeley.

We enjoyed him so much we decided to have Ravi perform at our wedding!  Ravi performed as part of a trio during our ceremony procession, father-daughter dance and our first dance as husband and wife!  He also entertained our guests during the cocktail hour.

We received so many amazing compliments and inquiries on Ravi’s performance.  He added such an incredibly, perfect element to our special day and we are forever grateful!!

I strongly recommend Ravi’s music talents for your next event.  I promise everyone will ask for his information!”


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Khalil Shaheed Scholarship Fund 2019

Dear Friend of Oaktown Jazz Workshops,

It is thanks to you that we close out our 25th year as a thriving community based, non-profit organization for young musicians. At Oaktown Jazz, each young musician develops important skills that come with learning a musical instrument and playing in an ensemble. The self-discipline a child develops to practice, the ability to collaborate with others gained during rehearsals, and the courage strengthened by performing before a live audience are valuable tools that young people can apply for a lifetime.

With support from individuals like you, we are able to create a vibrant community for young musicians and their families. Our afterschool classes and workshops allow young people to learn to perform together, as a group, from professional musicians dedicated to helping youth develop their talents. Our Jazz Encounters program has brought in internationally touring musicians and multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists to speak and perform with our excited young musicians.

This past year, Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ youth ensembles performed at dozens of community events, our faculty led 70 presentations and sectionals at public schools, and we have been proud to produce monthly family-friendly concerts at our venue in Jack London Square.

To provide this uniquely dynamic musical education and experience to San Francisco Bay Area youth, we partner with local civic and arts organizations, and rely on support from dedicated community members like you. All contributions made to Oaktown Jazz Workshops go directly to performance education for young people who value it.

Our Founding Director, Khalil Shaheed, created Oaktown Jazz Workshops in 1994 with the mission of passing on the tradition of jazz music to youth in an authentic, supportive environment. Seven years ago we launched the Khalil Shaheed Scholarship Fund to cover the cost of our workshops for young musicians whose families could not otherwise afford tuition. This fund has been absolutely critical in supporting local young people seeking opportunities for creative expression and artistic development.

At this time, your contribution to this fund, in whatever amount you can manage, will encourage our children’s creativity, elevate music education and appreciation, and enrich our community. Thank you for your consideration.


Ravi Abcarian
Executive Director

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