Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 2): Orquesta Libre

by chipboaz on March 13, 2017

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The Latin Jazz suffered a major loss this past Wednesday March 8, 2017, as flautist Dave Valentin passed away. Valentin had suffered several strokes over the last five years and had begun to experience the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. It was especially tragic to see the influential flautist die at the young age of 64.

Despite his young age at the time of his death, Valentin’s career was filled with bright moments that made an impact upon modern Latin Jazz. We’re going to dedicate this week’s video features to Dave Valentin’s career, checking out live performances from different pieces of his career.

Dave Valentin had some serious roots in salsa, an experience that was boosted by his presence on the New York Latin music scene. While he certainly leaned toward jazz when he performed as a band leader, he had a deep affinity for dance music that defined a lot of his early career. Being a strong musician, he ended up performing with a number of charangas and renown salsa bands in the New York area. One of his best known collaborators is the legendary Manny Oquendo & Orquesta Libre. His precision and fluidity on the flute made him the perfect musician for a band that was a heavy hitting salsa band with connection to charanga music. This video finds Valentin performing with Libre; he’s not the focus, but an essential piece of the band.

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