Dave Valentin

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Dave Valentin
Valentin at the World Music and Dance Centre, March 2008
Background information
Birth name David Joseph Valentin
Born (1952-04-29)April 29, 1952
South Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died March 8, 2017(2017-03-08) (aged 64)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, Latin jazz, smooth jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments Flute
Years active 1965–2012
Labels CTI, GRP, Highnote

David Joseph Valentin (April 29, 1952 – March 8, 2017) was an American Latin jazz flautist.[1] In the 1970s Valentin combined Latin music with jazz in bands with Bill O'Connell, Lincoln Goines, Richie Morales, Robby Ameen, Sammy Figueroa, and Giovanni Hidalgo.[2] For seven years in a row he was chosen best jazz flautist by readers of Jazziz magazine. In 1985 he received a Grammy Award nomination.[1] In 2003 he won a Grammy for Caribbean Jazz Project, an album he did with Dave Samuels.[3]

Valentin died from complications of a stroke and Parkinson's disease in the Bronx, at the age of 64.[4]

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