By Shani R. Friedman
The incomparable Herb Alpert – a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with nine GRAMMY® Awards – and his wife Lani Hall – who has recorded more than 22 albums in three languages and sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again – brought their jazz and Latin sounds to New York for two sold-out shows. It’s the last leg of their East Coast dates before they head to the West Coast in June.
Playing trumpet since he was 8, Alpert went on to have 14 Top 40 singles with his band The Tijuana Brass, including “Spanish Flea”, the #1 hits “This Guy’s In Love With You” and “Rise”, and GRAMMY®-winners “A Taste Of Honey” and “What Now My Love”. Alpert and the Tijuana Brass became fixtures of the 1960s pop scene and were so successful that at one point they outsold the Beatles two-to-one. The band also accomplished the extraordinary and never-duplicated feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10 and five in the Top 20.
Hall also came up in the 60s, as the lead singer of Sérgio Mendes’s group, Brasil ’66. It was fortuitous that the group’s path crossed with A&M Records, which signed them in 1966. A&M, an independent record label, was co-founded by Alpert in 1962. Hall has won GRAMMYs® as a singer for her album Es Facil Amar and as a producer for Alpert’s 2013 GRAMMY®-winning album, Steppin’ Out.
Married for over 45 years, the 84-year-old Alpert, and Hall, 73, have toured together with their band since 2006. The duo show no signs of wanting to come in from the road and go home to their Gold and Platinum Albums and Grammys, to say nothing of the National Medal of Arts President Obama bestowed upon Alpert in 2013 for his musical, philanthropic and artistic contributions. The couple empowered audiences to get their jam on big time at City Winery this weekend.
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