Dave Valentin personifies that oh-so-seductive American Dream. Born into a Puerto Rican family in the South Bronx in 1952, Valentin grew up in a melting pot of cultures and followed his passion for music to become one of the most influential flutists in the jazz world.
At the tender age of 5, Valentin's father gave him conga and bongo drums and began to nurture his son's love of music. Valentin first performed professionally at 11 and went on to study percussion and the flute at the renowned New York High School for the Performing Arts. At 26, he released his first album.
Eighteen albums and countless guest appearances later, Valentin has established himself and the flute as mainstays of jazz composition.
What makes Valentin's work so special is not just his inspirational playing, but also his ability to fuse effortlessly Latin rhythms with traditional jazz riffs. For an instrument that is more traditionally associated with tranquility, Valentin's fiery fingers instill the flute with a passion that lends his improvisations an unmistakable Latin beat. In 2003, he was part of The Caribbean Jazz Project whose album The Gathering won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.
For all the local jazz cats dreaming of a night in a New York basement club, Valentin's gig at the Antlers promises an exceptional evening by an internationally renowned performer. Come and see those jazz hands fly and raise money for the Urban League of the Pikes Peak region at the same time.
-- Wayne Young
capsule Dave Valentin
A benefit performance sponsored by the Urban League of the Pikes Peak region
Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.
Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave.
Tickets $25 at the Pikes Peak Center Box Office, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
To book by credit card, call 634-1525.
Combined accommodation/ concert package available at Antlers Hilton. Call 473-5600.