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Johnny Richards was a jazz arranger in the mid-20th century United States. He was a pivotal arranger for some of the more adventurous, boisterous Stan Kenton big band performances on recordings in the 1950s.

He was born, November 2, 1911, in Querétaro, Mexico, as Juan Ricardo Cascales, to a Mexican father and a French mother. He immigrated, along with his family, and his family settled in Schenectady, New York, 1912.

He worked in Los Angeles, California from the late 1930s… read more

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  • Avatar for zrsullivan
    On the short-list of greatest arrangers. Easily up there with Bill Russo, George Handy, & George Russell of the same period.

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