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 Herb Alpert & 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 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 is 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. I am just playing what comes out, and I try to stay conscious of things that are happening in the spontaneity of the moment." As well as being a musician, Alpert is as passionate about his 40-year career as a professional painter and sculptor.
Lani Hall started her professional career as the original lead singer 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 have the ability to pull you into a song and make it feel real."
Lani Hall Alpert recently 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 into her imagination.
SOURCE Harlem School of the Arts
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