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The Jazz Bakery
Los Angeles, CA
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Grammy award winner Dave Valentin, who has recorded 25 albums, 15 albums for GRP, combines together the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz. At age nine, Valentin enjoyed playing bongos and congas. He gigged at Latin clubs in New York from age 12 and it was not until he was 18 that he seriously started studying flute. Valentin's teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute. In 1977, he made his recording debut with Ricardo Marrero's group and he was 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. Since the mid-2000's, Valentin has been signed to Highnote Records releasing World On A String in 2005 and Come Fly With Me in 2006.


Bill O'Connelle, a native New Yorker studied classical music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Early in his career, he played in various salsa and jazz settings that set the tone for his musical style.
In 1977, he joined salsa great Mongo Santamaria, writing and performing with him for over two years. Following that he worked with Chet Baker and jazz legend Sonny Rollins with whom he toured the United States and Europe. In 1982, he joined Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, and they have been touring the world together ever since, performing before enthusiastic audiences everywhere.
Bill, an internationally recognized composer, has his original compositions on CDs by Mongo Santamaria, Emily Remler, Charles Fambrough, and on virtually every recording made by flutist Dave Valentin. One of Valentins most requested songs, Oasis, which was recorded by the GRP Allstars for the CD, GRP Live in Session, is one of Bills original compositions.
Over the years, Bill has displayed his versatility with numerous other jazz artists including Gato Barbieri, the Fort Apache Band, and vocalists Jon Lucien, Kenny Rankin, and Astrud Gilberto. His six solo recordings, Searching on the Inner City label, Love for Sale on the Pony Canyon Label, Signature, featuring Bill OConnell on the Blue Moon Mesa label, Lost Voices on the CTI label, Black Sand and Latin Jazz Fantasy on the Random Chance label have received wide critical acclaim throughout the world.


MUNYUNGO JACKSON has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, the Zawinul Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Bennie Maupin, Bill Summers, Marcus Miller, & dozens of others, including numerous ethnic music & dance troupes.

Munyungo is deeply committed to understanding  & keeping alive  the tradition surrounding the instruments he plays. Its hard to study drums without studying the cultures from which they come, he points out. This respectfulness seasons his playing with hearty passion & enjoyment. In his work with traditional drummers from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, China & Japan he has collected hundreds of percussion instruments & drums from all over the world  on any given show he could have a dozen instruments.

Why that name? On several occasions, he performed with some players from Africa & the Caribbean, who would shout Munyungo! (Which is a Zulu word meaning door or entrance) to cheer him on as he played  and it wasnt long before the word attached to him as a nickname. Now, for him, the name means Gateway to Heaven.




The Jazz Bakery
Los Angeles, CA 90034
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No