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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Hot off his tenth Grammy nomination for his latest album, Human Nature, Herb Alpert returns to the North Shore Center with his wife and former lead singer of Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Lani Hall.
Herb Alpert—the iconic trumpeter, composer, record label executive, artist and philanthropist—celebrates more than fifty years of ground-breaking accomplishments. Alpert was recently nominated for his tenth Grammy for his new album Human Nature that was released in September 2016 and was inspired by electronic and dance music. To honor this landmark year, twenty-four of his classic albums were remastered from the original analog tapes and reissued for the first time, several of which have been out of print for a number of years. Human Nature is Herb’s fourth album of new music in just three years. It features five new original compositions and Herb’s signature re-imagining of classics like Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and Bacharach and Elvis Costello’s “Look Up Again.”
On the heels of the reissues, thirteen of Herb’s albums returned to the Billboard Top 50 Catalog Jazz albums chart. Eleven of his titles are currently in the Top 100 Jazz albums on Amazon. Billboard also listed Herb at #7 on their Greatest Of All Time Billboard 200 Artists list this year. The website, DangerousMinds.net also feted Herb’s catalog, saying that he “produced some of the most iconic and pleasing pieces of instrumental pop music of the 1960s, at times outselling even The Beatles and shifting some 70 million albums…the very fine music of Herb Alpert stands the test of time admirably. He was—and still is—a truly great American musician and arranger.”
A 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alpert’s albums have sold over 72 million copies, and twenty-nine of his records have reached the Billboard 200. Herb has also dedicated his life to philanthropy, funding programs that include arts education, jazz and support to professional artists. Through the Herb Alpert Foundation, he has endowed the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts and most recently the Music Department at Los Angeles City College. This gift to LACC provides free attendance, additional private lessons and further financial aid to music majors. Herb has also established the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists at California State Summer School for the Arts and the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts administered by Cal Arts for the past twenty-two years.
ABOUT HERB ALPERT
Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion. Born in Los Angeles, the future trumpeter came of age in a house filled with music. At the age of eight, he was drawn to the trumpet in a music appreciation class in his elementary school. “I was very fortunate that I had that exposure to music and was encouraged to stick with it. Years ago, when the arts programs were cut out of our public schools, so many kids stopped having that kind of opportunity.”
A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine Grammy Awards—the latest from his 2014 album, Steppin’ Out—fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling The Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10—and five in the Top 20. Herb Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single.
Some of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’s fourteen Top 40 singles include; “The Lonely Bull,” “Mexican Shuffle,” “Spanish Flea” and the Grammy-winners “A Taste Of Honey” and “What Now My Love,” and the #1 hits “This Guy’s In Love With You” and “Rise.” Shout! Factory recently released deluxe re-masters of the entire TJB catalogue plus Lost Treasures, a compilation of vintage rarities, and Rewhipped, featuring hot remixes of every track from Whipped Cream & Other Delights. In all, Alpert has recorded over thirty albums and produced for many other artists, including Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Stan Getz, Michel Colombier, Gato Barbieri, and Alpert’s wife, Grammy-winning vocalist Lani Hall, to name a few.
As an industry leader, Alpert’s commitment to artists with personal vision guided A&M Records (with partner Jerry Moss) from a Hollywood garage operation into one of the most successful independent record labels in music history that started in 1962 with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Stars including Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Stan Getz, Cat Stevens, Supertramp, The Carpenters, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, The Police and scores of others that are evidence of the consistent quality and diversity of the A&M Records family.
In 2006, Alpert and Moss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recognition of their accomplishments and are a part of the Grammy Museum’s ”Icons of the Music Industry” series. In 2013 Herb Alpert was awarded The National Medal of Arts Award by President Barack Obama for his musical, philanthropic and artistic contributions.
Herb Alpert has continually explored other artistic ventures, always acknowledging a connection between music and visual art in his creative process. A painter for over four decades, Alpert’s bold, abstract expressionist canvases have been exhibited internationally and are a part of the permanent collections of MoCA Museum in L.A. and The Tennessee State Art Museum in Nashville and has been shown in galleries around the U.S. and Europe. A sculptor for over three decades Alpert has installed his lyrical sculpture and his massive, bronze Totem sculptures that have been on public display throughout Los Angeles; New York City; Nashville, Tennessee; and, most recently on the south steps of the Field Museum in Chicago.
Alpert explains, “There is a certain satisfaction and energy that comes from playing the horn—a feeling that I am really in my element. I am passionate about what I am doing, whether painting, sculpting or playing the trumpet. I am just trying to create whatever comes out in the spontaneity of the moment.”
ABOUT LANI HALL
Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer, Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966, as the lead singer of Sérgio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. She left behind her city roots in Chicago and, for five years, performed throughout the world. While Lani’s singing career took her on the road, she also focused on her writing—committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her. Sérgio Mendes further expanded her writing career by asking Lani to write the English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs. In 1966, A&M Records signed Brasil ’66 and Lani met her future husband, music legend, Herb Alpert, who is also the co-founder of A&M Records. Herb and Lani married in 1973.
Lani has the distinction of recording more than twenty-two albums in three different languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish, and in 1983, she sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. In 1986 Hall won with her first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance for her album, Es Facil Amar. Hall picked up her second Grammy Award as producer on Herb Alpert’s 2013 Grammy winning album, Steppin’ Out. Since 2006, Hall and Alpert have been touring and performing with their band to sell out audiences.
After establishing a successful solo career in music, and becoming a wife and mother, Lani began to explore new creative outlets for her writing. In the early 1980s, while singing in Mexico City, she started writing in short story form. Her writing process is similar to her singing process in so far as she can visually see a song/lyric unfold before her, as if she were watching a movie.
Her debut book, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories, compiles ten short stories from thirty years of writing short fiction and true stories from her life—all woven together by a connecting personal narrative, with the city of Chicago as the backdrop. Her characters are intelligent, modern women struggling to navigate the uncertain waters of adultery, therapy, cosmetic surgery, postpartum depression and their own sexuality. Lou Adler describes Lani’s book as “free-form as a jazz piece weaving in and out of intriguing situations and indelible characters. She writes as she sings, with emotion and passion.” And now, with the release of her audio book, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories, Hall has mixed her two creative expressions to make one total experience. With her emotional narration at the forefront, Lani has placed a unique, musically scored soundtrack, creating an emotional landscape of music, to all ten stories, making each chosen scene come to vivid life. Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories gives us a rare glimpse at the double-edged sword that is the life of an artist.