A dynamic musical (and married) duo, trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall, have made quite an impact on both jazz and popular music, including a combined ten Grammys and dozens of platinum selling records. Alpert’s effortlessly smooth horn combined with Hall’s vibrantly soulful vocals have been enthralling audiences for more than 60 years and are still going strong.
A legendary trumpet player, Herb Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine Grammy Awards, the latest from his 2014 album, Steppin’ Out, fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10– and five in the Top 20. Herb Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single.
Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer, Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966, as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. She left behind her city roots in Chicago and, for 5 years, performed throughout the world. While Lani’s singing career took her on the road, she also focused on her writing—committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her. Sergio Mendes further expanded her writing career by asking Lani to write the English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs.