Thursday, October 31, 2013

Music Fundraiser for Dave Valentin, Nov. 7th!

A superb musician. One of the greatest flutists in jazz history. A great human being. And now he needs our help!!!


Link to buy tickets:

Bill O'Connell, Lincoln Goines, Robby Ameen, Ragan Whiteside, Pulpo, Bob Baldwin, Chieli Minucci, Dave Samuels, Mayra Casales, Paquito D'Rivera and many more!


On March 3, 2012, Latin Jazz iconic musician and Grammy Award Winner, Mr. Dave Valentin -- one of the greatest flutists in the history of jazz, alongside Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann and Romeo Penque -- suffered a stroke that has limited his ability to perform his beloved instrument. The native New Yorker has been in physical therapy since that tragic day. There is a chance that he may be able to wow his audiences on stage worldwide again, but not before he's the beneficiary of some more critical physical therapy.

In the interim, his medical bills have climbing been through the roof. Dave Valentin has insufficient medical insurance to cover the enormous bills surrounding his stroke.

Never heard of Dave Valentin? Well, here's a taste of the Latin flute wizard, who appeared on BET's Legends of Jazz in our previous decade, with Bill O'Connell on the piano.

With that said, Bob Baldwin, the President of NewUrbanJazz and City Sketches, Inc. is driving a campaign to raise money to cover the health expenses, which were created from this terrible tragedy, including support from all musical friends of Dave Valentin and/or Bob Baldwin.

Through a mutual friend, percussionist Tony Cintron, Baldwin and Valentin met in 1994 in the South Bronx, when both were doing fundraisers for the youth organization Pathways For Youth, located in the Bronx. Proceeds for those fundraisers went to support college scholarships for NYC students.

In 2010, Baldwin plucked Valentin to sit-in at a Jazz for Haiti benefit in Newark, NJ. "Dave's a good friend of mine, and I would do anything to help my musical amigo out, so this is something I'm very proud to spearhead." Jazz For Haiti raised over $60,000.00 for the Red Cross of Northern New Jersey in early 2010.

A band, which will consist of 20-year Valentin sideman, Mr. Bill O'Connell and some of the other flutist's sideman and musical associates, as well as Baldwin himself, will provide the musical backdrop for the evening. It would be great if Dave Grusin (Valentin was one of the GRP stars in the 80s and 90s, having appeared with Grusin in several audio & video projects like the GRP All-Stars Big Band) could also join this event.

100% of the door net proceeds will be donated to Mr. Valentin to cover his climbing medical expenses.
"Music for Dave" - A musical tribute to Mr. Dave Valentin @ the Tarrytown Music Hall

The Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Thursday, November 7, - 7:30 pm

Out-of-towners and those unable to attend are still encouraged to buy a balcony seat ticket to help support the cause!


Dave Valentin (born April 29, 1952, in New York City) learned latin percussion first when he was a teenager, and then switched to flute. Valentin's teacher, the legendary Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute. He studied at the Bronx Community College.
In 1977, he made his recording debut with Ricardo Marrero's group and he appeared also on a Noel Pointer album. Discovered by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, Valentin was the first artist signed to GRP Records, and he has been a popular attraction ever since. Valentin has recorded over 15 albums, combining the influence of pop, R&B and Brazilian music with Latin and contemporary jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz.

In 2000, he appeared in the documentary film, "Calle 54," performing with Tito Puente. He toured with El Negro and MioSotis. Since the mid-2000s, Valentin has been signed to Highnote Records, releasing "World On A String" (2005) and "Come Fly With Me" (2006). He has done several collaborations with pianist Bill O'Connell, and was a Grammy Award winner for his Caribbean Jazz Project in the early 2000's with Dave Samuels as well as a Latin Grammy Award nominee in 2006.

In 2012, he suffered a stroke following a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN.
Bob Baldwin is a New York-born and bred artist who has been producing records since the 80's, including his works with George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., Michael Urbaniak, Will Downing, Pieces of a Dream Marion Meadows. He's recorded with Chuck Loeb, Gerald Albright, Paul Brown, Paul Taylor, Chieli Minucci, Glenn Jones, Noel Pointer, Freddie Jackson, Howard Hewitt, to name a select few, and has performed with Dave Valentin on several occasions over the years.

The pianist has done benefits for Haiti for the American Red Cross ("Jazz For Haiti" with Dave Valentin, Chieli Minucci, Ragan Whiteside) as well as "Westchester Musicians for Haiti".

He's released his 20th CD, simply titled, "Twenty". He's recorded more solo discs than any other Westchester County native. "It's an honor to help my musical buddy Dave Valentin out on this event. He's helped so many others over the years, so it's only fair and just to him to return the favor", says the Westchester  native.

NewUrbanJazz and Family Resource Center are the sponsors of the event. Don't miss it!

The sponsor is NewUrbanJazz and the Family Resource Center - The Community Agency with the World Class Touch

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