Via Jazz Times: "Born in 1952 in the Bronx, Valentin began playing Latin percussion at a young age, playing professionally in NYC nightclubs by age 11 and later attending New York’s High School of Music and Art. In college, he continued his percussion studies but took up the flute as a second instrument, the end result of an attempt to impress a classmate. He didn’t get the girl—but did get introduced to the instrument that would take him to future musical success. Switching to flute exclusively, and dissuaded from exploring the sax by Hubert Laws, his flute instructor for a short time, Valentin developed a style born of his percussive instincts, incorporating syncopation, forceful staccato bursts to create drum-like effects and a number of growling vocalizations generating sharp overtones—on top of a mellow and classic flute sound." Flutist Dave Valentin Dies at 64 - Grammy-winning Latin-jazz and crossover musician released more than 20 albums as a leader | 03/09/2017 jazztimes.com
Via 88.3FM WBGO: "Valentin was celebrated in Latin-jazz circles for more than 40 years, initially as a byproduct of his cultural foundation as a Bronx-born Puerto Rican. But he was wary of being typecast, preferring to describe himself as a “world artist,” and playing variations of his instrument with ties to the folkloric music of East Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. He played a Peruvian bamboo bass flute, a Romanian pan flute, Bolivian pan pipes, and various other kinds of flute from around the world, typically traveling with more than a dozen varieties." Dave Valentin, Virtuoso Flutist with a Foundation in Latin-Jazz, Dies at 64 by Nate Chinen wbgo.org
"In March 2012, Valentin suffered from a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to perform. He suffered a second stroke in 2015.
"Valentin died at Throgs Neck Rehab & Care Facility Wednesday in the Bronx, according to reports. He was 64 years old." Latin jazz musician Dave Valentin dead at 64 - bronx.news12.com