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Dave Valentin

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. Valentin soon began working as a professional musician in Latin bands, developing an unusual technique that featured blowing in a manner that sounded like percussion

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Guitarist Tommaso Costa Debuts with “Too Far, Too Close”

Guitarist Tommaso Costa Debuts with “Too Far, Too Close”

For his 2019 debut Too Far, Too Close, Costa combines electric jazz, rock, and blues into his own guitar sound with European sophistication and style that resonates from his homeland of Italy. “My favorite thing is the sound of the record," Costa explains. “It's got a great modern tone with a vintage feel." Too ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist

Read "Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

In a 20-year career, Grammy nominated flutist Ron Korb has experienced the lows and highs of a touring musician. He's been stuck in the Panamanian jungle when the bus transporting he and his band to their show broke down, leaving them teetering on the top of a hillside for hours in the blazing sun while repairs ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill O'Connell: Monk's Cha Cha

Read "Monk's Cha Cha" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Bill O'Connell has long been valued for his blazing Latin chops, enlivening bands lead by flutist Dave Valentin and legendary conguero Mongo Santamaria as a sideman and delivering his own burning leader dates on a variety of respected imprints in recent times--Zoho, Challenge, and Savant, to name just three. He's been a steady though occasionally ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Café Noctambulo Is Proud To Present The Danny Lerman Experience With Special Guest, Turkish Guitarist Onder Focan on March 30th

Café Noctambulo Is Proud To Present The Danny Lerman Experience With Special Guest, Turkish Guitarist Onder Focan on March 30th

Musical Director/arranger/pianist is Tim Gant with Lee Thompson on Drums, Lavondo Thomas on Bass with special guest guitarist Onder Focan. Danny Lerman is a riveting saxophonist and composer. Danny has studied with Junior Walker's legendary teacher, Charlie Atkins and at the music school of the University of North Texas and the Berklee School of Music as ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Legendary Latin Jazz Bassist Ray Martinez releases "Legacy"

Legendary Latin Jazz Bassist Ray Martinez releases "Legacy"

New Release with Special Guests! Bassist for Mongo Santamaria, Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto & many more! RAY MARTINEZ' LEGACY “Born out of the multicultural dynamics of New York, Ray Martinez' Legacy was created with the idea of connecting musical concepts of both Africa and the African Diaspora. This musical innovation fuses Afro-Jazz (Latin jazz), the blues, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Eddie Reyes

Read "Take Five with Eddie Reyes" reviewed by Eddie Reyes

Meet Eddie Reyes: Eddie Reyes has evolved a unique and personal style on the guitar. Although for much of his playing career he has focused on electric jazz guitar, he now turns mostly to the acoustic. He has evolved his style from, first, a fascination with Brazilian Jazz to his present passion, Flamenco. In the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jorge Sylvester Ace Collective: Spirit Driven

Read "Jorge Sylvester Ace Collective: Spirit Driven" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

In a 1967 interview with Jazz & Pop magazine, John Coltrane stated: “I know that there are bad forces, forces put here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the force which is truly for the good." In his lifetime and beyond, Coltrane has inspired artists to infuse ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Trumpeter John Swana In Cheltenham On Wednesday, May 2nd!

Jazz Bridge Presents Trumpeter John Swana In Cheltenham On Wednesday, May 2nd!

Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA for this series' last concert of the season will be trumpeter John Swana and his band, featuring guitarist Steve Giordano, Lucas Brown on organ, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. on May 2nd. One show: 7:30-9PM. $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Buffet. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carlos Jimenez / Mambo Dulcet: Red Tailed Hawk

Read "Red Tailed Hawk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Latin jazz flute players aren't exactly commonplace, but artists like Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Bobby Porcelli and, more recently, Mark Weinstein have helped to widen this avenue of instrumental exploration. They've paved the way and opened up a world of possibilities for fine and feisty flautists of the present and future to flourish in danceable domains. ...


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