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David Valdez

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 and attended Berklee College of music on full scholarship, where he studied with George Garzone and saxophone guru Joseph Viola (who also taught Michael Brecker, Brandford Marsalis and Charlie Mariano). While in Boston he worked with John Medeski, the Either Orchestra, Dave Holland, Clark Terry, Dominique Eade, Mick Goodrick, Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, The Four Tops, The Ken Schaphorst Big Band, Jim Black, and Matt Wilson. After finishing his studies David moved back to the West Coast, where for several years he led bands in the Bay Area featuring such notable players as Larry Grenadier, Eddie Marshal, Jeff Ballard, Jay Lane, Dennis Rowland, Kenny Brooks, Kenny Wollesen, Larry Schneider, Dred Scott, Charlie Hunter, Vince Wallace, Liberty Ellman, Mark Levine and Scott Amendola.

Eventually heading the call of New York City, Valdez moved east in the mid-nineties. There he worked with Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Fuiczynski, Josh Roseman, Liberty Ellman, Ben Monder, Art Lillard, Bob Mover, Donny McCaslin, Ari Hoenig, Peter Applebaum, Ben Allison, Reid Andersen, Avishai Cohen, Gary Smulyan's Saxophone Mosaic, Roy Hargrove, Jamie Baum, Rick Margitza, Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake, Eddie Henderson, Rudresh Mahathappa, the Bloomdaddies and Vijay Ayer.

In 2000 David relocated to Portland, Oregon's thriving Jazz scene, where he spent time leading bands while teaching at Portland State University, where he was the Jazz saxophone professor and large Salsa ensemble conductor. While in the Northwest Valdez worked with players like Nancy King, David Friesen, Alan Jones, Rob Scheps, Glen Moore, Mel Brown, Dave Frishberg, Bert Wilson, the Portland Jazz Composers, Jasnam Daya Singh (a.k.a. Weber Iago), Ensemble, Ronnie Burrage, Rebecca Kilgore, Randy Porter and the Chuck Isreals Orchestra.

In 2017 Valdez relocated from Portland to Kansas City, in order to pursue a masters degree in Jazz composition at the University of Kansas. There he leads his own group and co-leads a quintet with tenor saxophonist Matt Otto.

David has also performed/recorded with:
The Bob Mintzer Octet, Slide Hampton, Eddie Henderson, Mike Wofford, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, Matt Otto, Doug Webb, George Colligan, Bob Reynolds, Victor Mendoza, Bill Watrous, Gerald Wilson, Smith Dobson, Lucas Pino, Essiet Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Little Anthony, Paul Anka, Sarah Gazarek, Pharaoh Saunders, Kitty Margollis, Mal Waldron, Gorge Rossi, Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabakin, Bill Berry, The Drifters, Eddie Henderson, Victor Mendoza, Dennis Rowland, Mundell Lowe, Joseph Viola's Double Quartet, Will Bernard, Paul Anka, Ronnie Burrage, Bob Reynolds, Jonathon Rowden, Joseph Viola's Double Quartet and Bryce Winston.

David's last Latin/Brazilian-Jazz CD Oasis was released on the Diatic record label in 2006 and has received radio airplay in France, Luxembourg, Columbia, Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Australia, Armenia, Macedonia, Germany, Poland, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, Ukraine, and Belarus.

David has been developing and maintaining his Jazz Blog, "Casa Valdez Studios" for over a decade. His blog was and is the first of it's kind and has been emulated by a whole host of other sites that have sprung up over the years in it's shadow. At Casa Valdez Studios, David curates and creates compelling content relevant to artists and improvisors of all levels. Through his blog he can share and promote his music, gigs and teaching concepts to thousands of followers.

Casa Valdez Studios Jazz blog:
www.davidvaldez.blogspot.com

David Valdez has also performed with:
The Bob Mintzer Octet, Slide Hampton, Eddie Henderson, Mike Wofford, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, Doug Webb, The George Colligan quartet, Bob Reynolds, Victor Mendoza, Jim Black, Bill Watrous, Gerald Wilson, Smith Dobson, Lucas Pino, Essiet Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Little Anthony, Paul Anka, Sarah Gazarek, Pharaoh Saunders, Kitty Margollis, Rebecca, Mal Waldron, Gorge Rossi, The Bloom-Daddies, Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabakin, Bill Berry, The Drifters, Eddie Henderson, Victor Mendoza, Dennis Rowland, Mundell Lowe, Joseph Viola Double Quartet, Will Bernard, Paul Anka, Ronnie Burrage, Bob Reynolds, Jonathon Rowden, Joseph Viola's Double Quartet and Bryce Winston.


Discography:
David Valdez- Shades of Happiness (CD Baby, 2017)
Pere Soto & Pep Lluis Gaurdiola- Funky Qui Pogui (Ars Harmonica, 2016)
Andrew Durkin- Breath of Fire (PJCE Records, 2016)
Hip Stew Studio Orchestra- Hip Stew- (Stew Records, 2015)
Robert Moore- Outta’ My Soul! (Reference Records, 2015)
Andrew Endres Collective- Desolation (AEC Records, 2015) 
Kerry Politzer Quintet- Two Worlds (PJCE Records, 2014)
David Valdez- While We’re Young (NW Arts, 2014)
The Lawrence Williams Project- Hearing is Believing (NW Arts, 2013)
Ezra Weiss Big Band w/Greg Gisberg- Our Path to This Moment (Weiss Records, 2012)
David Valdez Quartet- Desert Flower (NW Arts, 2008)
Kate Davis- Introducing Kate Davis (CD Baby, 2008)
David Valdez/Pere Soto- Oasis (Diatic Records, 2007)
David Valdez- Lotus Blossom (NW Arts, 2005)
Klezmocracy- Klezmocracy (Heeb Records, 2003)
Art Lillard's Heavenly Band- Reasons to be Thankful (Summit Records 2000)
Dred Scott- Small Clubs are Dead (Robertson Music, 1993)
Ken Schaphorst Big Band- Making Lunch (Accurate Records, 1990)

Clubs:
The Knitting Factory- New York City, NY
Smalls- New York City, NY
Blue Note- New York City, NY
Cleopatra’s Needle- New York City, NY
Savoy Lounge- New York City, NY
Birdland- New York City, NY
The Up and Down- San Francisco, CA
Pearl’s- San Francisco, CA
Yoshi’s- Oakland, CA
Kuumbwa Jazz Center- Santa Cruz, CA
Ryles- Boston, MA
Tritone- Philadelphia, PA
Nardis- Istanbul, Turkey
U Maleho Glena Jazz Club- Prague, Czech Republic
Jazz Dock- Prague, Czech Republic
Blue Whale- Los Angeles, CA
Vibrato- Bel Air, CA
Jimmy Mak's- Portland, OR
La Tasca- Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
Jamboree Jazz Club- Barcelona, Spain
Del Luna- Barcelona, Spain

Festivals:
Monterey Jazz festival (CA)
North Sea Jazz festival      (Holland)
Telluride Jazz festival        (CO)
'86 World Expo at Tskuba (Japan)
Boston Globe Jazz festival (MA)
Tanglewood Music festival (NY)
Yamano Jazz festival        (Japan)
Bradford Jazz festival       (CT)
San Jose Jazz festival       (CA)
Santa Fe Jazz festival       (NM)
Jazz under the Stars        (NM)
Be-Bop and Brew            (CA)
Cathedral Park Jazz festival (OR)
PDX Jazz Festival        (OR)
Salem Arts Festival (OR)Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival  (OR)
Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival (WA)
Festival Latino at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR)

Press:
"Since moving to town from New York City, David Valdez has shown
himself to be a rigorously adaptable player and a jazz gent who can make
things happen. With his broad shouldered alto tone he builds his solos
architecturally like very few players in town. His Latin Quartet explores
some rhythmically challenging turf and may be one of the tightest new
additions on our jazz bulletin board.'' -Bill Smith, Willamette Week

“Alto saxophonist David "Carlos" 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

“Alto saxophonist David Valdez is one of the blazing lights of PDX's vastly
underrated Latin music scene. Having worked with players both young
(Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Charlie Hunter, John Medeski) and older
(Clark Terry, Dave Holland, Slide Hampton, Pharoah Saunders, Mal
Waldron, Bob Moses), he's equally at home in bop, blues, and utter free
blowing and muscles subtly into tunes with a Sonny Criss energy."
-Tim DuRoche, Oregonian

“David's playing and approach is so methodical yet simultaneously
mystical that it is an encompassing experience to hear him.”
- Jason Dumars, saxophone.org

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