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Hear Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Partners in Life as in Music, on Singers Unlimited

Dewey Nicks
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, partners for more than 40 years

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

Michael Bourne has been a presence on WBGO since the end of 1984. He's hosted the popular Singers Unlimited, Sundays 10AM-2PM, since 1985. He’s nowadays hosting the Blues Break, Monday-Friday 2-4PM. Michael is also a senior contributor to Down Beat, with the magazine since 1969. Doctor Bourne earned a PhD in Theatre from Indiana University -- which comes in handy when he's a theatre critic for the WBGO Journal.