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!”


Recent Posts

Rest In Peace Victor McElhaney

Photo by Michelle Carson-Flynn, Courtesy of The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

The senseless killing of 21 year old Victor McElhaney has shocked and saddened our musical community. Victor was a remarkable musician, student, and role model for many young people. He was recently shot and killed in an attempted robbery near University of Southern California where he was enrolled in the jazz studies program.

A native of Oakland, CA, Victor’s musical ability was nurtured by his parents, Clarence McElhaney and Lynette Gibson McElhaney, at an early age. He grew up in the East Bay’s vibrant musical community studying drumming with instructors Tacuma King and E.W. Wainwright as well as participating in programs at The Oakland Public Conservatory and The East Bay Center for Performing Arts.

When I was the Artistic Director of the Richmond Jazz Collective at The East Bay Center for Performing Arts I had the pleasure of teaching Victor as a part of our performance group. Last summer I was proud to work with him on a professional gig. During our ride home from the performance, Victor, Band Leader Geechi Taylor, and I talked about the recent release of Oakland-themed movies. Victor was very excited about the international recognition Oakland was receiving in film and stated that he was confident that soon Oakland would be recognized for its innovative, vibrant, and beautiful music scene. Let’s all continue to work together as a community to prove Victor McElhaney right.


Ravi Abcarian
Executive Director

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