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The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

New York, NY, February 16, 2017: The ASCAP Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30. It carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of the Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this program. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 15 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition. Read more on ascap.com

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Continue Their Legendary Careers with Human Nature

Herb Alpert’s extraordinary, eclectic career has spanned over fifty years in the music business so far. As trumpeter, arranger and composer, he’s sold over 72 million albums and earned nine Grammy awards. In his role as co-founder of A&M Records, he facilitated the careers of countless other stars, while establishing one of the premier artist-driven labels. His philanthropy touches countless lives as well, including a recent bequest to Los Angeles City College that fully funds tuition and lessons for music majors. After securing yet another Grammy nomination for his new release, Human Nature, he’s on tour with his wife, Grammy-winning vocalist Lani Hall. They’ll perform at the Shedd in Eugene on Friday, January 27th. Listen to the interview at KLCC.org

Grammy Nominee Herb Alpert Recalls Asking Mr. DeMille for His Close-up

Herb Alpert’s latest Grammy nomination, for contemporary instrumental album for “Human Nature,” puts the timeless music artist in the kudos hunt again, a quest he’s familiar with as he started competing and winning music industry awards more than 50 years ago. When Variety first name-checked Alpert back in 1961, he was vocalist “Dore Alpert,” touted for work in a never-produced film. He’d already worked as an extra for Cecil B. DeMille on “The Ten Commandments,” co-written hits for Jan and Dean and the legendary R&B artist Sam Cooke, but he hadn’t recorded the single that launched him into the music business stratosphere. That record, “The Lonely Bull,” and his band, the Tijuana Brass, were only a year away. Read the rest of the interview at Variety

Herb Alpert Coming to Eugene

Legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert, who created the “Tijuana Brass” sound that left an indelible mark on the music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, is coming to Eugene to play a one-night show in the Jaqua Concert Hall at the Shedd Institute on January 27, 2017. Read the rest of the blog post on the University of Oregon website

Herb Alpert School of Music Artists Contribute to Multiple GRAMMY-Nominated Projects

Jazz, classical, world music, and composition faculty and staff at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music are among a talented pool of artists who contributed to projects recognized by the Recording Academy with 2017 GRAMMY nominations. Our namesake and patron, Herb Alpert, also hit a major milestone: he received his tenth GRAMMY nod this year for Human Nature, nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Read the rest of the article on music@UCLA  

Herb Alpert Discusses Donating Millions To Teach Music And His Own Need To Create

In music, an artist is lucky to make it big at any point in their career, even if only for a short time. Some acts can sustain success for a long period of time, but after a while, so many slow down and stop playing, recording and retirement comes to most that can afford it. It’s a tiring, typically low-paying gig, and nobody can blame a musician that’s worked for a long time from wanting to take some much-needed rest. Read the rest of the interview on Forbes.com

Herb Alpert: ‘If someone needed my father’s help, he was always there for them’

I grew up in central Los Angeles. My father was born in Russia. He was a survivor. He had come to the US in 1915, when he was 16, not speaking a word of English, on his own, at the insistence of his family. He landed in Ellis Island and made a life for himself. My mother was from the Lower East Side of New York. She was a secretary, she was good with numbers and played the violin, but not professionally. Read more at The Guardian