Remembering Dave Valentin (Part 4): Solo Flute

by chipboaz on March 15, 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 was many things – a Latin Jazz superstar, a charismatic front man, an admired musician, a strong band leader, and more; it his core though, he was a fantastic flautist. He certainly developed skills on traditional flute, across a wide range of music that includes jazz, Afro-Cuban music, funk, and more. He was a true devotee of the instrument though, exploring its application in a variety of contexts and trying different types of flutes from around the world. He experimented with different means of flute performance, that sometimes included electronics, extraordinary techniques, and more. He was an excellent technician, an inspired musician, and a constant source of energy. That’s all on display in today’s video, an engaging and innovation solo flute performance.

Do you have a Latin Jazz video to share? E-mail a link to latinjazzcorner@gmail.com

Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
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New Cultural Connections: Hiromi Suda Performs Sou
Between Salsa And Latin JAzz: Seis Del Solar
Jovino Santos Neto & André Mehmari Celebrate Hermeto Pascoal On Guris
Cristian Mendoza Performing El Vato Con Clave

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