Herb Alpert built a unique entertainment empire, especially as a trumpeter and leader of the mega-selling Tijuana Brass. Alpert and his partner, Jerry Moss, founded A&M Records and enjoyed great success with a variety of popular artists, including Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66.
Alpert and that group's lead singer, Lani Hall, have been happily (and musically) married for more than 40 years. They perform together from time to time, and this coming weekend, on May 10 and 11, they'll be at City Winery in Manhattan.
They recently stopped by Singers Unlimited to talk about their musical lives.
Alpert is also active as a painter, a sculptor, and a patron of the arts. He's been a generous benefactor of the Harlem School of the Arts. The Herb Alpert Foundation is funding the school's $9.5 million renovation, and at a ceremony on the 13th the foundation will be honoring (and funding) winners of the 25th annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
You can hear him talking about the foundation, the school, the event, and his life in the arts with Ang Santos of WBGO News, below.
Audio mix: Corey Goldberg