Thursday, February 5, 2009

Grammy-winning Jazz Flutist Dave Valentin to perform at Bronx Arts Ensemble concert

Grammy-winning Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin will appear at the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s annual jazz concert, Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. at the Russian Mission to the UN Residency, Mosholu Avenue at West 255 Street, in an exciting evening of pop, R&B, Brazilian music and Latin jazz. Appearing with Valentin will be members of his Quintet - Bill O'Connell, piano, Lincoln Goines, bass, Robby Ameen, drums and Richie Flores, congas.

Performing a variety of ethnic and classical flutes, Dave Valentin’s playing combines a popular and accessible form of Brazilian, salsa, merengue, funk and jazz. A native of the South Bronx, Valentin began with bongos and congas, later focusing on the flute at the urging of his teacher, Hubert Laws. He has recorded 25 albums and has performed with such legendary performers as Tito Puente (as his Music Director), Machito, Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Barreto, Eddie Palmieri and Johnny Pacheco. Voted “Best Jazz Flutist” in Jazzis Magazine for the past eight years, his most recent CDs, for Highnote Records, are World on a String (2005) and Come Fly With Me (2006). Mr. Valentin is a proud Bronx resident and active member of his community.

A native New Yorker, Bill O’Connell studied classical music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He played in various salsa and jazz settings early in his career setting the tone for his musical style. He joined Dave Valentin in 1982 and they have been touring the world together ever since. 
Bill, an internationally recognized composer, has his original compositions on CDs by Mongo Santamaria, Emily Remler, Charles Fambrough, and on virtually every recording made by Dave Valentin.

A mainstay of the New York City jazz/Latin/studio scene, Lincoln Goines has recorded and performed with an extensive list of artists including Sonny Rollins, Gato Barbieri, Dave Grusin, Carly Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, Eliane Elias, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Samuels, Mike Stern, and Wayne Krantz. He is also an author, composer, and music educator.

In the time that Robby Ameen has spent living in New York City since the early eighties he has compiled a recording career stretching from Dizzy Gillespie to Paul Simon, while maintaining a more than fifteen year relationship with Latin luminaries Ruben Blades and Dave Valentin. Although he is of Lebanese origin, Robby is best known for the unique and powerful Afro-Cuban style he has created.

Richie Flores, one of the most in-demand percussionists of today’s active music scene has captured the attention of fans and critics alike by way of his electric performances that continually thrill audiences worldwide. Recently described by Latin Beat Magazine as having the fastest hands in the East and the West. Richie’s music is primal and powerful.

Tickets for the February 28 concert are $20; $15 for students and seniors. Bronx Cultural Card holders are offered a 20% discount.

For information, visit or call 718.601.7399.

About the Bronx Arts Ensemble
The Bronx Arts Ensemble is a not-for-profit organization enriching the cultural environment of the Bronx with a year-round schedule of concerts, special programs for families and a full music and arts-in-education program for schools.

source: Bronx Arts Ensemble press release

UPDATE: The venue for the concert has been changed to the Riverdale Y at 5625 Arlington Avenue. The new venue is literally a couple of blocks away from the Russian Mission.

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