Grammy Award-Winning Latin Jazz Flutist Dave Valentin Dies At sixty four

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Enlarge this imageFlutist Dave Valentin rehearses along with the kids of Opus 118 Harlem Centre for Strings in New york in 2003. Valentin died on Wednesday of complications from a stroke and Parkinson’s disease.Bebeto Matthews/APhide captiontoggle captionBebeto Matthews/APFlutist Dave Valentin rehearses together with the little ones of Opus 118 Harlem Middle for Strings in Big apple in 2003. Valentin died on Wednesday of complications from a stroke and Parkinson’s sickne s.Bebeto Matthews/APDave Valentin grew to become one of many pre-eminent flutists in Latin jazz. He was recognized for his artistic mixture of fusion, pop and R&B. He won a Grammy in 2003 for best Latin jazz album for ” Jack Youngblood Jersey The Gathering,” by the Caribbean Jazz Project. Vibraphonist Dave Samuels was also featured on that record. Manager Richie Bonilla told news agencies that Valentin, 64, who had suffered multiple strokes over the last several years, died Wednesday from stroke i sues and Parkinson’s disease. When he was five years old, Valentin started playing bongos and congas. His father, who was in the Merchant Marine Samson Ebukam Jersey , had brought them home from Brazil. Valentin took piano le sons at 9 and was playing percu sion for paying gigs when he was 10. He recorded more than a dozen albums either as a solo artist, band leader or playing on other artists’ recordings. Valentin toured with his childhood idol, percu sionist Tito Puente, and was music director of Puente’s Golden Latin Jazz All-Stars. The New york Times reports Valentin delighted in recounting how he turned a flutist:” ‘I started out as a percu sionist in school. But I wanted to meet this girl, Irene, who was a Austin Blythe Jersey flutist,’ he recalled in 2011. ” ‘She showed me a scale, and I played it immediately. Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. Without knowing nothing! So, I borrowed a flute, bought a Herbie Mann record and learned “Comin’ Home Baby.” ” ‘Three weeks later, I went to her and played it,’ he continued. ‘I knew I had her! She said, “I’ve been taking le sons for three years and you come in here in three weeks and play like that? Don’t ever talk to me again!” ” ‘I lost the girl, but kept the flute.’ “