Gary Valente

Gary Valente (born 1953) is a notable jazz trombone player.

Valente was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied at New England Conservatory of Music with John Coffey and Jaki Byard.[1]

Moving to New York, he recorded with George Russell's New York Big Band in 1978.

He has recorded and performed extensively with Carla Bley and many of her regular associates such as Andy Sheppard. Valente is known for his highly characteristic raucous rasping tone.

Valente played the trombone solo on the instrumental track "The Lord is Listening to Ya, Hallelujah!" on Carla Bley's 1982 album Live!.[2]


With Carla Bley

With Lester Bowie

With George Gruntz

  • Global Excellence (TCB, 2001)
  • Tiger by the Tail (TCB, 2006)
  • Pourquoi Pas? Why Not? (TCB, 2008)

With Joe Lovano

With Nick Mason

With Arturo O'Farrill

  • Song for Chico (Zoho, 2008)
  • Final Night at Birdland (Zoho, 2013)

With Chico O'Farrill

  • Heart of a Legend (Milestone, 1999)
  • Carambola (Milestone, 2000)

With Ed Schuller

  • Life Cycle (GM, 1982)
  • The Eleventh Hour (Tutu, 1992)
  • To Know Where One Is (Power Bros 1994)
  • The Force (Tutu, 1996)

With Andy Sheppard

  • Soft on the Inside (Antilles, 1990)
  • Rhythm Method (Blue Note, 1993)
  • Delivery Suite (Blue Note, 1994)

With others


  1. "Gary Valente". Jazz at Lincoln Center. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  2. Carla Bley Live: Carla Bley: Music

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