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Herb Alpert Erects Huge Totem Pole in Malibu!

Jay Weston | Posted 02.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

What most of the world is only discovering lately is that Herb has spent more than half his life as a respected abstractist painter and sculptor whose work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. Later I cornered Herb and asked, "Why totems?"

President Obama Honors Malibu's Herb Alpert

Jay Weston | Posted 09.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On Wednesday I stood in front of my television set in Beverly Hills and actually cried tears of joy at what I was watching. There was the President of the United States, Barack Obama, honoring a man whom I know slightly and respect enormously, who was receiving The National Medal of Arts.

Herb Alpert Is a Consummate Musician, Artist and Philanthropist!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Herb Alpert (center) and Lani Hall (left) with 2013 winners of the Alpert Awards. "When I was 8 years old, I went into a music appreciation classroo...

L.A. Times Festival of Books Coming to USC!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Some books remain with you long after reading them. Their haunting images or gripping stories stick in your head and reappear in your dreams.

Herb Alpert's Déjà-Vu at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If "This Guy's in Love with You" means anything, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall's show at the Café Carlyle offers, in Alpert's words, "music that is very déjà-vu."

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Celebrate 50th Anniversary of A&M Records

Jay Weston | Posted 12.08.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Imagine this... two guys have been partners for 50 years in the volatile music business, and until they sold the company in 1989 (for several hundred million dollars!), they didn't even have a written contract between them!

Lani Hall Alpert's New Book, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories, Is Startling, Scandalous and Absolutely Sensational!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Lani Hall is a true literary talent who is now one of the major writers of the naturalistic Chicago school and will leave a lasting impact on us all.

50 Years of A&M Records: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."

Vibrato -- Cool Jazz and Hot Food... or Vice Versa

Jay Weston | Posted 02.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

At first the concept was to have a great jazz club with good food. Now it is is a really great restaurant with exciting jazz.

Herb Alpert Educational Village Is Unveiled!

Jay Weston | Posted 01.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I recalled that Hillary Clinton famously said, "It takes a village to raise a child," based upon an old African proverb. Well, all of these folks have taken that literally, and... are building a village.

Five Promising Artists Receive Grants From Alpert Foundation

Jay Weston | Posted 08.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Five exceptional artists have received grants from the Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). I recently had the pleasure of meeting each of these extraordinary young individuals.

Celebrating A Musical Journey: A Conversation With Sergio Mendes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Lately, says Sergio Mendes, "a whole new audience that has been exposed to my songs because I have guests like will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend... I love doing that."

An Interview with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Last Herb and Lani re-emerged, hitting the road for a series of low-key shows which were recorded for the newly-released Anything Goes -- the first time they've ever collaborated musically.

My Top Ten Old New (Or Is It New Old?) Records of 2009

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Most of the "new" music I've gotten into this year is actually old music that's never been heard before, dredged up from the vaults just in time to make a buck before recorded music ceases to have any monetary value whatsoever.