[JPL] Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award Competition accepting submissions

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Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award Competition accepting submissions  
The fourth annual Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, presented by 
Paradise Cadillac, the City of Temecula, Riverside County Third District 
Supervisor Jeff Stone, Paul and Diane Garrett/Better World Together and Altura 
Credit Union, is now accepting submissions for the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award 
Competition. “We have inherited Chuck’s private music collection and are in the 
beginning stages of building the Temecula Valley Cultural Arts & Music Center, 
which will be home to the Chuck Niles Memorial Jazz Library,” said festival 
founder and CEO Jon Laskin. “To help bring attention to this project, and to 
help keep jazz music alive, we have created the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award 
Competition as a part of the International Jazz Festival.” 

Niles’ widow, Nancy, and daughter Tracy will serve as judges for the 
competition, with the finalists given $500 to help them perform at this year’s 
festival, Saturday, July 14. The winner will also receive the Chuck Niles Jazz Music 
Award certificate, as well as a day of recording at the Parkhill Music–Gwenn 
Gordy Studio. 

Musicians and bands wishing to enter may do so online at 
www.musiciansworkshop.org/ChuckNilesJazzMusicAward.html. For more information call Jon or Jane 
Laskin at (951) 678-2517 or visit www.TemeculaJazzFest.com.     

He spent over 50 years on-air and was beloved by all, earning him countless 
affectionate nicknames-- Bob Florence called him "Bebop Charlie"; the Latin 
Jazz world knew him as "Carlitos Niles"; and Horace Silver dubbed him the 
"Hippest Cat in Hollywood." Worked at KFOX, 1956; KNOB, 1957-65; KBCA, 1965-79; KKGO, 
1979-89; KKJZ, 1990; KLON, 1990-2002/KKJZ, 2002-04. 

Lois Gilbert

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