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Dave Valentin

Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: April 29, 1952    

Renown Latin jazz flutist, Dave Valentin, was born of Puerto Rican parents in 1952 in New York City. His love for music started quite early; playing bongos and congas before he was 10 and even working Latin clubs in New York by 12. His talent and interest took him to the well respected High School of Music and Art in New York City, where he began studying percussion.

Valentin changed to flute and complemented his formal education at school with private classes under master flutist Hubert Laws. The early influences on Valentin’s development as a flutist came from Latin artists such as Richard Egues but was tempered by American jazz musicians including James Moody, Frank Wess, Joe Farrell and, of course, his mentor, Hubert Laws....
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    Pure Imagination

    HighNote Records
    2011
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    Come Fly With Me

    HighNote Records
    2007
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    Sunshower

    Milestone Records
    1999
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    Red Sun

    Milestone Records
    1993
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    Musical Portraits

    Milestone Records
    1992
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    Two Amigos

    Milestone Records
    1990
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    Live At The Blue Note

    Milestone Records
    1988
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