Lyrically-gifted veteran guitarist/composer/band leader Jaime Valle has refused to allow his growing success of the last several years slow him down. No mold decorates Valle's frequent treks from Tutto Mare in UTC on Wednesdays to the U. S. Grant Hotel downtown on Saturdays, to La Jolla's Lime Leaf Grill on numerous Thursdays or Fridays, as well as an occasional jaunt up to Nieman's or to the Coyote Bar in Carlsbad (and countless casual gigs all over San Diego county) in between.
Valle also holds forth for Sunday brunches at Sally's in downtown San Diego and admits that he enjoys the rapartee of playing with bassists such as Chris Conner and Bob Magnusson since both have spent time in the company of musical heavyweights whose influence informs their work and makes the job of creating duo music an exercise in versatility.
Versatile is a term that captures Jaime Valle's professional outlook. He carves out a ferocious weekly schedule, playing Latin jazz and straight-ahead jazz. He books several local clubs. And he writes music for movies and for commercials. Those are jingles, he notes, some people call them that, or worse, but the trick is to make these little tunes rise to the level of listenable songs that hook you. He chuckles when he says these words. Valle is a musician whose infectious good taste and well- acknowledged sense of humor on stage attract new admirers to his ever-expanding fan base.
. . .Valle draws his diverse influences to create music that is succinctly Latin, yet worldly in its themes
and textures -- earthy, spiritual, soulful, and romantic. In song after song, without exception, he defies
a typical guitarist's self-absorption and generously displays highs, lows and in-betweens. The
emotions from Valle's guitar reach out seductively, sometimes forcefully, to encourage the listener to
join his musical journey. On par with Valle's playing is his attention to cohesion and continuity.--
Gerald Poindexter SOUNDWAVES...CD REVIEWS
... Jaime Valle is known for a full-bodied style
Willing to teach
Jaime Valle is a faculty member in the music department at Mesa College SD, he is the director of the jazz