Jazz Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert and Grammy Award Winning Singer Lani Hall
Sunday: 7:00 PM – March 6, 2016, Mizner Park Amphitheater
Herb Alpert is a legend in the music business and the co-founder, with Jerry Moss, of A & M Records, one of the most successful independent record labels in music history that started in 1962 with the Tijuana Brass. Alpert and Moss sold A&M in 1990, but in the decades before they significantly influenced a diverse roster of talent, including Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Sting, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Stan Getz, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, The Police, Joe Cocker, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton and scores of others. In his illustrious career Alpert has won eight Grammy awards, sold more then 72 million records and received the Grammy and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awards. The late Miles Davis once remarked, “You don’t have to hear but three notes before you know it’s Herb Alpert.” 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.” In July of 2013 Alpert received the prestigious National Medal of Arts Award from President Obama for his lifetime achievements in music, art and philanthropy.
Lani Hall started her professional career as the original lead singer for 5 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. “I am an interpreter,” Hall explains, “The singers that have influenced me the most are jazz singers. They had the ability to pull you into a song and make it feel real.”
Last year, Lani published her first book, “Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories.” Primarily set in Chicago, the fiction and non-fiction stories are woven together via a winding personal narrative, as Hall takes a refreshingly honest look back at her own life and in to her imagination.
Herb and Lani will be playing songs from their third album together, “Steppin Out,” with their band, Michael Shapiro on drums & percussion, Hussain Jiffry on bass & Bill Cantos on keyboards and vocals. The program will include a jazz set sprinkled with Brasilian flavors and songbook favorites such as: “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Moondance,” “Let’s Face the Music & Dance,” “Fever,” “La Vie en Rose,” a TJB medley and many others.