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For Immediate Release:
February 04, 2015
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Trenae Floyd

Family of famed radio personality receives sympathy resolution from Commissioner Jordan

Left:  Commissioner Barbara Jordan pays homage to the late legendary radio host China Valles by presenting his family with a sympathy resolution for his invaluable tenure as a jazz enthusiast. Pictured left to right: Commissioner Barbara Jordan; Thelma Valles, wife of China Valles; son Keith Valles, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz.  Middle: The family of the late China Valles accepts a sympathy resolution from Commissioner Jordan and the Board of County Commissioners. Pictured left to right: Commissioner Jordan, daughter-in-law Pamela Valles, wife Thelma Valles, son Keith Valles, Mayor Gimenez, and Commissioner Diaz.  Right: Mayor Gimenez presents Thelma Valles with the sympathy resolution.

(MIAMI, FL) – When radio was the dominant media source, few people had as much of an impact on the medium as Charles Lomba Valles, better known to the music industry as China Valles. On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan paid homage to the legendary radio host for his impact on jazz music.

China Valles was known throughout the U.S. and beloved of jazz greats including Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson and Phyllis Hyman.