The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society Presents:

Dave Valentin – Latin Jazz Flutist
Grammy Winner
Recently inducted into The National Jazz Museum of Harlem Hall of Fame and also The National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame
in concert with

Ramon Ortiz, percussion and Antonio Truyols, piano
And the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, directed by Gregg Gelb

Oct. 8th, 2011 Temple Theatre 8pm

And!!! Free Master Class with Dave Valentin from 5:30—6:15 prior to the show.

Concert Tickets are $15 Adults and $10 students/children (general admission)
Call the Temple Theatre Box Office 919-774-4155 between 2pm – 6pm.
Temple Theatre is located at 120 Carthage St. in Sanford, NC 27330 (directions)

He is from the South Bronx and is of Puerto Rican descent. He learned Latin percussion first when he was a child, and won an audition in percussion to the renowned and famed NY School of Music and Arts. He also studied flute and saxophone and his flute teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on percussion or saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute.
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 and he has been a popular attraction ever since. Valentin has recorded over 18 albums, combining the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin and smooth 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. Since the mid-2000s, Valentin has been signed to HighNote Records. In addition to his group Caribbean project winning the Latin Jazz Grammy in 2003, he won a Grammy nomination in 1985 and in 2006 was a finalist in the Latin Grammy’s Best Latin Jazz Album category for HighNote’s “World on a String.” Valentin developed the unusual techniques that feature slapping the keys so it sounds like a percussion instrument and singing into the flute while playing, generating a totally unique sound and generating harmonies from a single flute. These techniques, and more, are all on display on his 2011 CD, “PURE IMAGINATION,” which is currently #5 on the charts.

For more information about the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Society please go to

“This project receives support from the Lee County Arts Council through the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina State Arts Council, both agencies are funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.”

Sponsors of this concert also include:

The Asociacion de Puertorriquenos Unidos de Carolina del Norte’s (The Association of Puerto Ricans of North Carolina) primary focus is to create and promote events that will enrich and enhance the Puerto Rican culture in our communities. As natural born citizens of the United States, we are Latin Americans who are intrinsically bound to the United States and Puerto Rico with fierce pride. As Hispanics, we respect and invite all other cultures to participate with us in our quest to celebrate diversity and promote our latin heritage.


The Holiday Inn Express of Sanford is providing rooms for Dave

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