Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Herb Alpert, iconic trumpeter, composer, record label executive, artist and philanthropist celebrates more than fifty years of ground–breaking accomplishments and announces the release of two new albums. The first in July is “Music Vol.1,” a showcase for Herb’s creativity and first-time collaboration with Jochem van der Saag (whose credits include Andrea Bocelli and Destiny’s Child). The second is the September release of “The Christmas Wish” album, recorded with symphony and choir.

In January Alpert was nominated for his tenth Grammy for the album "Human Nature.” An album with new material inspired by electronic and dance music with five 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.”

Last year thirteen of Herb’s albums returned to the Billboard Top 50 Catalog Jazz albums chart. 11 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.

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 23 years.

Lani Hall started her professional career as the original lead singer for five years, with “Sergio Mendes and Brasil ‘66.” Known for her emotional vocal interpretations, she helped propel the group to international stardom with her distinctive vocals on the infectious Brasilian tune “Mas Que Nada.” It was in 1966, while singing with the group in an audition for A & M Records, that she met Alpert. They were married in 1973 and since then their lives and musical gifts have mingled. Hall has enjoyed a distinguished solo career, having recorded some 14 solo albums (variously in English, Portuguese and Spanish.) In 1983, she sang the title song of the James Bond movie, “Never Say Never Again,” starring Sean Connery, and won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance for her album Es Facil Amar in 1986. She also has credits as a lyricist, producer, arranger, writer and editor.

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