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Sunday, July 30th – 4:30-6:30 pm:
Avotcja & Modúpue
celebrate Avotcja’s 76th birthday!

Avotcja jazz hero

Avotcja & Modúpue, twice honored as Jazz Group            of the Year by the Bay Area Blues Hall of Fame                                                                (2005 and 2010)

Avotcja, spoken word and small multi-percussion;
Frances Wong, saxophone;
Manny Moku, piano
Heshima Mark Williams, bass
Raul Ramirez, multi-percussion

Avotcja is a jazz musician with deep roots, a riveting poet, an imaginative and ruminative prose writer, a pioneer, an individualist, a fierce champion of her fellow musicians, poets and artists.  She leads the group named Best Jazz Group of the Year in 2005 and 2010 by the Bay Area Blues Hall of Fame, Modúpue (“graditude”) — a flexible ensemble with anywhere from four to fourteen musicians, a company that includes some of the Bay Area’s very best.

Francis Wong and frequent Modúpue collaborator Jon Jang have just joined Avotcja among the ranks of Jazz Heroes in the estimation of the Jazz Journalists Association, accolades richly deserved by all three!

Read more about Avotcja and Modúpue on her site at

it’s gonna be magic … come share the vibe!!!


Avotcja at Bird & Beckett, Jazz Hero Award Celebration, April 11, 2015.                                                                                    (L-R): Jon Jang, Val Serrant, Heshima Mark Williams, Raul Ramirez, Sandi Poindexter, Baba Ken Okulolo, Yancy Taylor and AVOTCJA!

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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