Dave Valentin, Latin jazz flute player, has died at 64

DAVE VALENTIN
DAVE VALENTIN

DAVE VALENTIN, 64, on March 8 in New York City from a 2012 stroke and subsequent cardiovascular events. A flutist who released more than 20 albums in a variety of Latin and Latin-fusion settings.

Originally a drummer, his style was described as “born of his percussive instincts, incorporating syncopation, forceful staccato burst to create drum-like effects and a number of growling vocalizations generating sharp overtones—on top of a mellow and classic flute sound.”

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