The couple, married since 1974, will be accompanied by a first-rate trio that features San Diego-born pianist Bill Cantos and percussionist Michael Shapiro (well known to fans here for his past work with guitarist Peter Sprague and singer Kevyn Lettau, herself a veteran of Mendes's band, albeit more than 20 years after Hall).Principal Members: Herb Alpert (born Herbert Alpert, March 31, 1935, Los Angeles, CA): trumpet, lead and backing vocals Tonni Kalash (born June 15, 1937, San Francisco, CA; died May 15, 2001, Los Angeles, CA): trumpet Bob Edmondson (born March 5, 1935, Los Angeles, CA): trombone John Pisano (born February 6, 1931, Staten Island, NY): guitar Lou Pagani: piano Pat Senatore (born August 19, 1935, Newark, NJ): bass Nick Ceroli (born December 22, 1939, Niles, OH; died August 11, 1985, Los Angeles, CA): drums Early years: The story of the Tijuana Brass is largely the story of Herb Alpert, the famed jazz-pop trumpeter who assembled them as his live and sometimes studio band.Taking his Tijuana Brass in their jalopied "Tijuana Taxi," Alpert blows from the "Heat Wave"-inspiring "Mexican Shuffle" to the bouzouki blitz of "Zorba the Greek." Perhaps his most famous film-related song, however, is the Burt Bacharach classic "Casino Royale," a song that could inspire even Woody Allen to take on the world's most dastardly criminals.Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are substantial philanthropists through the operation of the Herb Alpert Foundation.I love playing with the great young musicians in my band."Alpert's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame five years ago came not as a result of his music-making abilities, but to honor the work he and A&M Records' partner Moss achieved with their record label, one of the most successful indie record labels ever.In the 1970s, A&M became the home for artists as varied as Joan Armatrading, The Police, Squeeze, UB40, John Hiatt, Al Green, Janet Jackson, Split Enz, Amy Grant, Soul Asylum and many more."There's only one ingredient I looked for in the artists I signed, and it's honesty," Alpert said."That's why I signed The Carpenters, even though that kind of music wasn't my cup of tea.
Chet Atkins heard (Waylon's A&M recording of) 'Four Strong Winds,' which I produced, and he talked to Waylon, which he shouldn't have done, since Waylon was under contract to us.
This is the self-serving genius who set the music to elevators and waiting rooms around the world.
From the opening charge of "The Lonely Bull" (complete with homesickness-inducing crowd noise) to the closing washes of "Making Love in the Rain," this album chronicles one of the most prolific and constantly contemporary careers in the music industry.
Alpert's style achieved enormous popularity with the national exposure The Clark Gum Company gave to one of his recordings in 1964, a Sol Lake number titled "The Mexican Shuffle" (which was retitled "The Teaberry Shuffle" for the television advertisements).
Alpert used to tell his audiences that his group consisted of "Four lasagnas, two bagels, and an American cheese": John Pisano (electric guitar); Lou Pagani (piano); Nick Ceroli (drums); Pat Senatore (bass guitar); Tonni Kalash (trumpet); Herb Alpert (trumpet and vocal); and Bob Edmondson (trombone).
Alpert, who performs here Friday at the Balboa Theatre with a jazzy band in place of the long-defunct Tijuana Brass, almost single-handedly helped raise the profile of San Diego’s nearby Mexican sister city.