Wurtele Thrust Stage
A creative duo in both music and life, legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lani Hall, present an evening of songs selected from the canon of their illustrious careers. With a multitude of albums and accolades between them, their combined years of philanthropic, musical and artistic activity have established a legacy that reflects their firm belief that the arts can make a difference in the world and in our lives. Alpert and Hall have been touring together at sold-out shows across the country since 2006, and we’re thrilled that they’re making a stop at the Guthrie for this special performance.
The extraordinary musicianship of legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert has earned him five #1 hits, nine Grammys, 15 gold albums, 14 platinum albums and more than 72 million records sold. His first band, 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 albums in the Top 20. Alpert’s priorities derive from a sense of generosity and humility that has guided him through a long, illustrious career. In his ventures, there is a harmony not unlike Alpert’s music, which is known for its flowing of energy and sustained dedication to quality.
Alpert’s wife, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lani Hall, started her singing career in 1966 as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s breakthrough group Brasil ’66. She left her Chicago roots behind and spent five years performing with the band around the world. Hall began writing on the road, expressing her personal impressions of the world on the page. Soon, Sergio Mendes was asking her to write English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs. In 1966, A&M Records signed Brasil ’66 and Hall met Alpert. Sparks flew and they married in 1973.
Hall has recorded more than 22 albums in English, Portuguese and Spanish. In 1983, she sang the title song for the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. Her album “Es Facil Amar” won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Latin Pop Performance, and she picked up a second Grammy in 2013 as producer on Alpert’s “Steppin’ Out.”
Time & Place
7:30 p.m., Wurtele Thrust Stage
$60, $55, $50, $45, $40