College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Mr. Christian Valdes

Adjunct Professor
Area: Jazz Piano

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 367
Degree(s): MM in Jazz Performance, University of Texas at Arlington, 2019 BM in Jazz Performance , University of North Texas, 2016
Mentis Profile: Coming Soon

Christian “Baby” Valdés is a talented pianist from Cali, Colombia. He comes from a family of renowned Salsa musicians, which led him to be a very successful and active musician in the Latin Scene in America. by the age of 16 he was already performing and touring with numerous Salsa artists mainly from Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, among this list, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Tito Nieves, Guayacan, Luisito Carrion, Willie Gonzalez, Rey Ruiz, and many more.

At the age of 19 Christian became part of the renowned band “Grupo Niche”, when on tour, in one of his visits to Dallas, he auditioned for the Jazz Piano program in the University of North Texas, which amazed by his talent, offered him a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies. Christian moved to Texas in 2011 and since then, he has had the privilege of studying with different mentors and very well-known professionals such as Stefan Karlsson, Michael Palma and Sergio Pamies. He has performed with different artists such as Diego “El Cigala”, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Luis Conte, Karen Briggs, Brad Leali, Lynn Seaton, Rich DeRosa, among many others. Christian has also been awarded several Downbeat awards in the category of best Latin Jazz Group with his own Sextet, and best soloist with some of his own compositions. 

Currently, Christian is part of the Jazz Studies Faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington and remains being an active pianist, arranger and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth scene.