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David Valdez

- US Lake Oswego, OR Jazz / Latin Jazz


Label: Diatic Records

Bio: Born in San Francisco in 1967, David grew up in Santa Cruz, California. David picked up the saxophone at the age of 8 years old. He attended Berklee College of music on full scholarship, where he studied with George Garzone and saxophone guru Joseph Viola (who also taught Michael Brecker, Brandfo... See Full Bio

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“:Saxophonist David Valdez is a full-throttle player with a rich knowledge of both bebop and latin jazz. You can hear in the warmth of his tone and the urgency of his wail, time-well spent in the jazz salt mines of NYC, the Bay Area, and beyond." ”
—  Tim Duroche, Strong Week
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  • 2014

    Jan 10

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm
    Fri Jan 10 8:00pm


    The DAVID VALDEZ/WEBER IAGO Latin Jazz Quartet: Weber Iago/David Valdez Latin-Jazz Quartet w/Andrea Niemic & Jason Palmer. This is high energy GREAT music! Modern original Latin-Jazz: influenced by the music of Brazil, Cuba, Angentina, mixed with a healthy dose straight-ahead Jazz for good measure.

  • 2013

    Mar 1

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm
    Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:00pm


    6 – 7:30pm Jim Templeton at Piano, no cover! 8:00pm David Valdez/Weber Iago Latin-Jazz Quartet $10 With Chris Higgins on bass and Reinhardt Meltz on drums. Saxophonist David Valdez is a force to be reckoned with. He has worked with players like Dave Holland, Clark Terry, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Rosenwinkle, and George Colligan; to name a few. Pianist and composer Weber Iago incorporates instrumentation, form, and harmonic language from both the Classical and Jazz traditions with this Chamber-Jazz project. His compositions masterfully blend the diverse stylistic elements drawn from the deep traditions of his native Rio de Janeiro, French Impressionistic composers like Debussy and Ravel, Contemporary Classical Chamber Music and cutting edge Modern Jazz. Iago has a highly lyrical melodic sensibility, the harmonic sophistication of a Post-bop Jazz musician and the elastic rhythmic conception of someone who is steeped in the Brazilian musical traditions from an early age.

  • 2012

    Aug 24

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:00pm
  • 2012

    May 11

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm
    Fri May 11, 2012 8:00pm


    George Colligan Quartet, featuring David Valdez

  • 2012

    Apr 6

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm
    Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:00pm


    David Valdez, Sax; Weber Iago, Piano; Dave Captein, Bass; Reinhardt Meltz, drums.

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