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Josh Kun explores how Latin American musicians and composers influenced and transformed Hollywood movie music

Josh Kun explores how Latin American musicians and composers influenced and transformed Hollywood movie music

As Los Angeles musician Alberto Lopez told it in a Highland Park cafe last week, his great uncle’s name was Juan and he was an influential jazz arranger best known for his work starting in the 1930s.

To succeed in the American music business, though, early on he, like many others, felt compelled to make a concession.

“He had to change his name from Juan Manuel Cascales to Johnny Richards to be able to work,” Lopez said, listing his uncle’s accomplishments with such jazz legends as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Max Roach.

Beginning Saturday evening and lasting through December, a musical series as part of the ambitious Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA — an exploration of...

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