Dave Valentin

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Dave Valentin
Dave Valentin at the World Music and Dance Centre in March 2008.
Background information
Born (1952-04-29) April 29, 1952 (age 62)
New York City
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Flutist
Instruments Flute, Latin percussion
Years active 1977 - present
Labels CTI, GRP, HNR
Associated acts The Blackout All-Stars, Patti Austin, Ricardo Marrero, Noel Pointer, Dave Grusin, Tito Puente

Dave Valentin (born April 29, 1952, in New York City[1]) is a jazz flutist.

He first learned latin percussion, and then switched to flute. Valentin's teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute. He studied at the Bronx Community College. He is of Puerto Rican descent.

In 1977, he made his recording debut with Ricardo Marrero's group and he appeared also on a Noel Pointer album. Discovered by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, Valentin was the first artist signed to GRP and he has been a popular attraction ever since. Valentin has recorded over 15 albums, combining the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin and smooth jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz. In 2000, he appeared in the documentary film, Calle 54, performing with Tito Puente. He toured with El Negro and MioSotis. Since the mid-2000s, Valentin has been signed to Highnote Records releasing World On A String (2005) and Come Fly With Me (2006). He has done several collaborations with pianist Bill O'Connell and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards of 2006.


  • Havana Candy (CTI, 1977) with Patti Austin
  • Legends (GRP, 1978)
  • The Hawk (GRP, 1979)
  • Land of the Third Eye (GRP, 1980)
  • Pied Piper (GRP, 1981)
  • In Love's Time (Arista, GRP, 1982)
  • Flute Juice (GRP, 1983)
  • Kalahari (GRP, 1984)
  • Dave Grusin / Lee Ritenour / Diane Schuur / Dave Valentin - GRP Live In Session (GRP, 1985)
  • Jungle Garden (GRP, 1985)
  • Light Struck (GRP, 1986)
  • Mind Time (GRP, 1987)
  • Live At The Blue Note (GRP, 1988)
  • Dave Valentin, Herbie Mann - Two Amigos (GRP, 1990)
  • Musical Portraits (GRP, 1992)
  • Red Sun (GRP, 1993)
  • Tropic Heat (GRP, 1994)
  • Sunshower (CR, 1999)
  • Primitive Passions (UMGR, 2005)
  • Come Fly With Me (HNR, 2006)
  • Pure Imagination (HNR, 2011)

Dave Valentin also won a Grammy for the Latin jazz category at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003. The Grammy was for the album "Caribbean Jazz Project", with Dave Samuels.[citation needed]

On March 3, 2012, Valentin was hospitalized after suffering a stroke during a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Valentin, Dave." Contemporary Musicians. Ed. Leigh Ann DeRemer. Vol. 33. Gale Group, Inc., 2002. eNotes.com. 2006. 14 Apr, 2008 <http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-musicians/valentin-dave-biography>

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