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That's the Way I Grew Up: Professor Danilo "Danny" Lozano at TEDxBoyleHeights

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Danny, is a Cuban immigrant. He grew up with multiple cultural identities because of the richness and cultural diversity of Boyle Heights. It allowed him to be Cuban, made him Mexican, African-American, and made him understand Jewish, Russians and German people, and with gusto recalls how "only in Boyle Heights can you find Black Beans with Chile in it"! Danny's story recounts how the cultural diverse background and integration of Boyle Heights enriched his life and enhances his work as a Professor of Music at Whittier College. Danny's talk is a celebration and a tribute of how his neighborhood gave him the attitude and drive to persevere, excel, and thrive as a football player at USC, while earning his Music degree and allowed him to research the music that he grew up with -- Jazz, Latin Jazz, Ranchera, R & B, Afro Cuban at UCLA; and now as Professor teaches European classical music and the music of Latino and Urban culture, side by side. Danny's affirms the importance of going back to give back. In his case, to help children follow their path of music to blossom into the careers of their choice. Professor Danilo Lozano of Whittier College, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning flautist and music professor. A founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Lozano is best known for his work with Latin jazz and charanga music. He has performed with some of the greatest artists in the genre, including Celia Cruz, Poncho Sanchez, Latin Side All Stars, Israel Lopez "Cachao," and was a featured artist on the soundtrack for Andy Garcia's film The Lost City. Lozano continues to perform regularly in both Los Angeles and across the country. Last summer, he was a featured artist for the Pasadena Orchestra's Clásica -- "Las Raíces de la Música" concert series and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho. Moreover, he recently organized a new series at Whittier that brings to campus well-known artists for an intimate performance and conversation. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)