Dave Valentin at the World Music and Dance Centre in March 2008.
April 29, 1952 |
New York City
|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|
Starting at 5 years old Dave learned latin percussion,and was an accomplished pianist before he entered JHS. His interest in flute. started in 7th grade at JHS 133. He wanted to meet a girl that played flute. Her name was Irene. He asked her to show him a few scales. In a month, David was playing the Flute and his first performance was in the School Spring concert . He Performed " The Joker. He went to The High School of Music and Art as a percussion major. 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.
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- 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)
On March 3, 2012, Valentin was hospitalized after suffering a stroke during a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. On July 01 2014 ,at Hostos Center in the Bronx , Under the Musical Direction and Recording Musician ~ Pianist Bill O"Connell, with Nelson Gonzolez as the Assistant Musical Director ~~ PARI TI : A BENEFIT FOR DAVE VALENTIN took place. Many Musicians Friends of Davids performed pieces they had previously performed together . The Performing Musicians are as Follows :Arturo O' Farril, Valerie Capers, Ruben Rodriquez, Andy Gonzalez, Papo Vasquez, Eddy Zervigon , Robby Ameen , Bobby Sanabria, Nicky Marrero , Anthony Carrillo, Roland Guerrero . Richie Bonilla stated "David Looked Forward to attending the Concert and was Grateful for the support of The Community and His Musical Friends" .David was doing well and had regained speech and the ability to walk as he showed those in attendance of the very well attended Concert. Sadly, David had a second stroke on March 16/17th of March 2015 which has made a set back in his recovery . We ALL believe in the Years of Strength and Beautiful Music David Shared World Wide . He also taught reading , math and music to students as a Young Teacher Himself. He has Performed at many Charity Concerts to help those in need . On Facebook is a Group " Friends of Dave Valentin" . It was started by the same Irene that shared those first scales . Fifty years later they are still Friends. Irene you would like to post Your Stories, Pictures, Memories, and Share how David Influenced Your Life and Or Musical Careers. It is also a way to post a Message and show your Love and Support as he works through the challenges that now faces him in his current recovery .
- "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>