RIP Dave Valentin

Dave Valentin, a giant of the flute and a big influence and inspiration to me died today. He was only 64. I started listening to Dave from his very first album, Legends, and spent many hours playing along with it. I was fortunate enough to get to see him play meet him a few times, both in New York and in San Francisco. The first time was after a show in New York circa 1980. I waited for him to walk by on his way out and as he came up to me he said, “Whatcha’ want to know?” – I think I asked him if he had any advice about how best to spend my time practicing or what to work on, and he said, “Just listen.” Thanks for all the music Dave.

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