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  • Ravi Abcarian (2012)

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    Bassist Ravi Abcarian is one in a long series of jazz musicians produced by the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz program, such as Michael Wolff, David Murray, Peter Apfelbaum, Benny Green, Craig Handy and, just ahead of Ravi, Dave Ellis and Joshua Redman.

    Ravi had been playing guitar for about half his young life when the high school band director challenged him to swap the electric guitar for the acoustic bass. It was a good call: Ravi developed a love for his new instrument in parallel with his nascent interest in jazz.

    Ravi studied with master bassist Herbie Lewis, and, after school was done for the day, he'd join the weekly jazz jam sessions at Yoshi's in Oakland, meeting and playing with the likes of Ed Kelly, Faye Carol and Smiley Lewis.

    Ravi excels as a teacher: he's artistic director of the Richmond Jazz Collective, and is director of the Oaktown Jazz Workshop.

    In addition to leading his own quintet, Ravi is also in demand as a sideman, and has appeared on recordings by, among others, Ben Stolorow, Terrence Brewer, and Mark Wright.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Clifford Brown The Definitive Clifford Brown Daahoud Verve/Blue Note
    # 2 Thelonious Monk It's Monk's Time Stuffy Turky Columbia
    # 3 Blue Mitchell Blue Soul Minor Vamp OJC
    # 4 Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley Save Your Love for Me Capitol
    # 5 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Ugetsu One by One Riverside
    # 6 Miles Davis Nefertiti Fall Columbia
    # 7 Weather Report Sportin' Life Indiscretions Columbia
    # 8 J.J. Johnson Heroes Carolyn (In the Morning) Verve
    Book Either a book of short stories, or else a very comprehensive world history
    Luxury Item A grand piano with regular tunings
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Matt Eakle
    15 Dec
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun