Jaime Valle, Award-winning jazz guitarist, with: Ernie Watts, Alex Acuña, Dave Garibaldi, Allan Phillips &
Carl Evans Jr.
Voted "Musician of the Year " - by "The San Diego Reader's Poll" 1999
SD Music Awards Winner - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003,2004,2005
Best Jazz Album 1996 "Different World*Mundo Diferente", Best Jazz Album 1998 "Third Voyage"
"...One name comes to mind when you think about the heart and soul of San Diego's music scene, Jaime Valle.
Although his sound could best be described as jazz, his ease with a guitar and rousing way around a tune can't be held by musical boundaries. He touches on standards, jazz classics, folk songs and more, each recast by Valle in his own inimitable style.
It's more than just the music that makes him a local favorite. His amiable words and contributions to the works of other musicians, as well as his winning smile are priceless.
It's a mark of the esteem in which he's held by area musicians that he's won the coveted Best Latin Music award at the San Diego Music Awards, nine out of the last 10 years.
To date, Valle has released three albums with a fourth, "Vital Signs" due soon. As his last two albums scored SDMAs for Best Jazz Album, oddsmakers say there's a good chance he'll make it a hat trick.
Die-hard fans should also look for the soundtrack to the film "Love Always," which includes his music.
In addition to being a cutting edge musician, Valle's music is also on the high-tech edge. None other than audiophile Hong Kong label Top Music International has re-issued his debut album, as a flagship release for their new line of SACD super audio discs.
As it was when CDs first made the rounds, initial releases in a new format tend to be instrumental, the better to bring out every sonic nuance in the new technology.
With Valle's virtuoso playing and a stellar band that includes Ernie Watts on sax and Carl Evans Jr. on piano, it's clear to see why the album was selected.
Valle is one of the hardest working musicians in the area, and can be seen at numerous clubs around town with his various combos. -La Jolla Light, April 3rd 2003