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