Formed in 1995, Los Mas Valientes brings together some of today’s finest Latin musicians. Collectively, the band’s resume reads like a who’s-who of New York’s jazz and Latin music scene. Its members have played with Chico O’Farrill, Louis Bauzó, Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers, Charlie Persip, Max Roach, Orlando Marín, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Kit McClure Band, Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio, Grammy-nominated Juan Carlos Formell...and the list goes on.
The Village Voice's Tad Hendrickson says,“...flutist Jessica Valiente’s Los Más Valientes ...has a tight Latin sound.” Erik "Chico" Manqueros (Latin Style Magazine) says, "The band possesses a unique style and sound that sets them apart from many." Of Los Mas Valientes' musical director Jessica Valiente, WBAI Latin jazz radio host Chico Alvarez says, "Ms. Valiente is a kick-butt flutist with a flair for both Jazz and Cuban music.”
Los Más Valientes plays original Latin jazz compositions, innovative arrangements of Latin jazz standards, classic charanga, descarga, and salsa dura in the tradition of the Cachao descargas, Fania All-Stars, Alegre All-stars, from charanga to mambo to salsa dura.
Los Más Valientes has four highly successful commercial releases. Please visit our CD page to listen or to get your own copy!
Jessica Valiente,flute and musical director
Geneviève Gazón,lead vocalist
Julie Rosado, vocalist
Maggie, Lisa and Daphne Faulkner, violins
Debra Kreisberg,alto saxophone and clarinet
Victor Rendón,timbales and drum set
Renato Thoms, percussion