David Valdez

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Born: July 19, 1967    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born 1976 in San Francisco, David grew up in Santa Cruz, California. David picked up the saxophone at the age of 8 years old. He attended Berklee College of music on full scholarship, where he studied with George Garzone and saxophone guru Joseph Viola (who also taught Michael Brecker, Brandford Marsalis and Charlie Mariano). While in Boston he worked with John Medeski, the Either Orchestra, Dave Holland, Clark Terry, Dominique Eade, Mick Goodrick, Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, The Four Tops, Ken Schaphorst, Jim Black, Matt Wilson. After finishing his studies David moved back to the West Coast, where for several years he led bands in the Bay Area featuring such notable players as Larry Grenadier, Eddie Marshal, Jeff Ballard, Kenny Brooks, Kenny Wollesen, Larry Scheider, Dred Scott, Charlie Hunter, Vince Wallace, Liberty Ellman, Dmitri Metheny, Mark Levine and Scott Amendola....
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”David Valdez has shown himself to be a rigorously adaptable player and a jazz gent who can make things happen. With his broad shouldered alto tone he builds his solos architecturally like very few players.' Bill Smith, Willamette Week

“Alto saxophonist David “Carlos” Valdez is a full-throttle player with a rich knowledge of both bebop and latin jazz. You can hear in the warmth of his tone and the urgency of his wail, time-well spent in the jazz salt mines of NYC, the Bay Area, and beyond.” Tim DuRoche- Strong Week

“Alto saxophonist David Valdez is one of the blazing lights of PDX's vastly underrated Latin music scene. Having worked with players both young (Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Charlie Hunter, John Medeski) and older (Clark Terry, Dave Holland, Slide Hampton, Pharoah Saunders, Mal Waldron, Bob Moses), he's equally at home in bop, blues, and utter free blowing and muscles subtly into tunes with a Sonny Criss energy.˜ Tim DuRoche- Oregonian

As a Leader: Oasis 2006 1. Armonica- 5:40 2. Sheila- 5:19 3. Goodbye- 5:50 4. Indian- 8:17 5. Incognito- 6:40 6. If I knew where you were- 6:23 7. Point of truth- 6:24 8. Oasis- 7:23 9. Bon Viatje- 7:27 10. Mr.88- 6:39 11. When I come home- 4:06 David Valdez: alto saxophone, co-producer Pere Soto: co-producer, guitars, composition, arranger, virtual B3 programming Salvador Toscano: drums, percussion Dan Robbins: electric and acoustic bass Randy Porter: piano (tracks 1, 3, 5, 10, 11) Dan Gaynor: keyboards (tracks 4, 6, 9) Tim Jensen: flute, alto flute, bass clarinet (tracks 1, 9) Damien Mastersen: chromatic harmonica (tracks 1,2)

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portland, OR

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Over 20 years teaching experience. Taught Jazz harmony at California State University at Humboldt. Noted Jazz improvisation author.

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Featured recording “Oasis”

Tumi Music (1996)
Download jazz mp3 “Armonica” by Pere Soto & David Valdez
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