A Special Valentine for Dave Valentin

The world of music has been eternally blessed by the talent and genius of jazz flautist Dave Valentin.

On March 3, 2012, Valentin was hospitalized after suffering a stroke during a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Though he’s slowly recovering, he still has a long way to go and has been unable to play and make a living off the music millions around the world have come to adore.

On this “Special Valentine for Dave Valentin”, please join Dave, his friends and his family of world renown musicians in celebrating his contributions and raise some funds to help with his on-going treatment and expenses.

A stellar line-up is coming together! Please bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and bring your dancing shoes!

Donation is only $25 and ALL proceeds will benefit Dave Valentin. Thank you, mil gracias and see you all on Valentine’s Day!

Dave Valentin’s CD’s, a light meal and refreshments will also be available for sale.

About Dave Valentin:

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

He learned latin percussion first when he was a teenager, 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.

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.

As copied off the Facebook invite seen here: A Special Valentine for Dave Valentin

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