“I think the ups and downs of my life can inspire others.”
Herb Alpert is a multi-faceted man, a man of many passions.
With his trumpet he turned the Tijuana Brass into gold, earning 15 gold and 14 platinum records; He has won nine Grammys Awards between 1966 and 2014, and received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012.
Herb co-founded the indie label, A & M Records with his business partner, Jerry Moss, which recorded artists as varied as Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, and The Police. A&M would go on to become one of the most successful independent labels in history. He has shown his striking work as an abstract painter and sculptor, worldwide. And through the Herb Alpert Foundation, he has given significant philanthropic support of educational programs in the arts nationwide, from the Harlem School of the Arts and Los Angeles City College to CalArts and UCLA.
John Scheinfeld’s documentary Herb Alpert is... profiles the artist, now 85, mostly from the perspective of colleagues like Questlove, Sting, and Bill Moyers. In their words, the shy, unassuming trumpeter is a musical, artistic and philanthropic heavyweight.
Herb Alpert was a shy third grader when his music appreciation teacher arranged instruments on a table and encouraged her students to experiment. The 8-year-old picked up a trumpet and effectively found his voice. In 1966, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass outsold the Beatles two to one. Between 1966 and 2014, the musician who wed Dixieland and mariachi styles with jazz and pop, won nine Grammys, a testament to his virtuosity and enduring appeal.
In 1962 he co-founded the indie label, A & M Records with business partner, Jerry Moss, which introduced artists as varied as Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes and The Police. A&M would go on to become one of the most successful independent labels in history. His work as an abstract painter and sculptor has been shown worldwide. Through the Herb Alpert Foundation, he has given significant philanthropic support of educational programs in the arts nationwide, from the Harlem School of the Arts and Los Angeles City College to CalArts and UCLA.
With his #1 record, “Rise” (1979) and romantic ballad “This Guy’s in Love With You” (1968), Alpert is the only solo artist to have number-one singles on both the instrumental and vocal charts. With the Tijuana Brass, Alpert had nine consecutive Gold albums. After it disbanded, he earned six more. In all, he has a total of 15 gold and 14 platinum records.
John Scheinfeld’s Herb Alpert is... paints a portrait of the sensitive artist and self-described “card-carrying introvert” as someone who prefers to let his music, painting and sculpture speak for him.
Thus, Scheinfeld relies on the likes of Burt Bacharach, Richard Carpenter, Bill Moyers, Questlove, and Sting to talk about Alpert’s achievements as a musician and record producer. Others, like Richard Lariviere, president of Chicago’s Field Museum, praises the musician’s expressionistic sculptures that permanently stand in the museum’s gardens, and Eric Pryor, head of The Harlem School of the Arts, testifies to the impact of Alpert’s philanthropy.
Among the other people interviewed are Jerry Moss, Alpert’s long-time partner in A & M Records, (Alpert is the “A,” and Moss the “M”); Lou Adler, legendary producer of Carole King and The Mamas and the Papas, who collaborated with Alpert on songwriting early in their careers, and worked together with the legendary Sam Cooke
and 2 time Grammy Award winning singer, Lani Hall, who first met Alpert when he produced Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, for which she was the lead vocalist. She wed Alpert in December 1973 and aside from her own, solo, singing career, she has been a vocalist on many of his subsequent albums. He calls her his muse. For the 72 million albums he has sold, Alpert ranks #7 on Billboard’s Top 200.
As a young man, seeing my mother dance around the house to the music of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass turned me on to this incredible music maker and I became a fan of his upbeat and very cool sound. It just made you feel good.
So, when given the opportunity to make a film about Herb I certainly knew the music, but what of the man himself? What I came to learn is that Herb is different things to different people: Artist, Performer, Producer, Entrepreneur,
Philanthropist and so much more.
Whether it’s producing a new album every year, conceiving innovative and thoughtful music videos, displaying his artistry on the canvas or in clay, or finding ways to enhance the lives of those less fortunate, he is a true Renaissance man whose passion is to be creative and make a difference in the world each and every day.
In Herb Alpert is... I wanted to create a portrait of a singular artist who does things the right way, achieves success on his own terms, and brings positivity to the world in the process.
Most important, as a counterpoint to the polarizing political stories currently dominating the cultural landscape, I wanted to make a film that would celebrate a creative and influential life well lived in a way that would uplift, inspire and bring the audience together the way that Herb’s music and philanthropy has done for decades.
- John Scheinfeld
About Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert was born in 1935 in the ethnically diverse neighborhood, Boyle Heights, located between downtown and East Los Angeles.
Herb was the youngest of three in a musical family. Father Louis emigrated from the U.S.S.R. and was a tailor, clothing manufacturer and he also played the mandolin. His mother, Tillie, played the violin and hailed from the lower East side of New York, with Romanian roots. Brother David was a professional drummer; sister Mimi played piano.
In 1937, the family moved to LA’s Fairfax neighborhood where Herb started school at Melrose Elementary. In 1943, in a music appreciation class, with a table full of musical instruments, Herb picked out the trumpet. This was to be a decisive moment in his life. Recalling himself as a tongue-tied youngster, he said, “As soon as I started to make a noise that made sense, man, this trumpet was talking for me. It was saying things I couldn’t get out of my mouth.” From that moment, making music and art defined his life.
Alpert was classically trained and played in junior symphonies. In 1948 Ben Klazkin, first trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony, became his tutor, and before long, an admirer of the 13 year old. But classical trumpet wasn’t in his future. In high school Alpert fell under the sway of Harry James, the trumpet-playing Big Band leader, and Rafael Mendez, known as “The Heifetz of the horn” and the great, Clifford Brown, “so great he made me want to put down my trumpet.”
Though far from East 52nd Street, New York’s jazz Mecca, Los Angeles in the 1950s boasted a thriving jazz scene anchored by Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker who the young man would see -- and meet -- at local clubs.
Alpert attended Fairfax High, receiving his diploma in 1953. While at Fairfax, Alpert was part of “The Colonial Trio.” He was on trumpet, and his classmates, Fred Santo, on piano and Norm Shapiro, on drums. For eight consecutive weeks the trio won the local TV competition “High Talent Time.” The exposure led to bookings for Bar Mitzvahs, high school dances and weddings.
Following graduation, Alpert enrolled at the University of Southern California as a music major and played trumpet with the university’s celebrated Trojan Marching Band. He stayed until 1954 when he was drafted into the army. In basic training he was sent to Band School in Fort Knox Kentucky, where he met trumpet players that were better than him.
While to the public in the 1960s Alpert seemed an overnight success, he had practiced the horn for 18 years and was equally disciplined about breaking into the music business. At 21, he married his high-school sweetheart, Sharon Lubin, and had a son, Dore and a daughter, Eden. Alpert had other defining partnerships with business partners, Lou Adler, with whom they co-wrote with Sam Cooke, the hit song, “Wonderful World,” and in 1962 he founded A & M Records with Jerry Moss.
A chance visit to the bullfights in Tijuana triggered the idea for “The Lonely Bull,” the first instrumental hit for Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Despite the band’s name, neither Alpert nor its band members were of Mexican heritage.
The success of “The Lonely Bull” brought financial security both to Alpert and A & M Records. With subsequent tracks like, “Mexican Shuffle,” “A Taste of Honey,” and “Spanish Flea,” Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass were everywhere on the airwaves and TV during the 1960s. Herb contributed to movie scores, performing the title tune for Casino Royale (1967), written by Burt Bacharach, a member of the A & M family.
“I realized that if I didn’t come up with a style of my own, I was never going to become a professional. It wasn’t enough that the trumpet spoke, it had to speak with my voice.” He was sent to the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco.
In 1969, as A & M solidified its reputation as an artist-friendly label, it looked to the world like the trumpeter/music exec had it all together. But things were falling apart. Alpert was onstage with the band in Munich when he had an out-of-body experience. He remembers playing and watching himself play. The Alpert in the audience wondered why the Alpert onstage was seemingly so happy while the one in the audience was uncomfortable.
Soon after, he picked up the trumpet and his smooth, optimistic sound was now an anxious stutter. Was this transient existential panic or a career-ending episode?
He consulted both a trumpet guru and a psychologist. Before long he recognized his issues were symptomatic of his marriage breaking up and his family was breaking with it. He also didn’t know how to deal with being in the spotlight and not having a normal life to depend on. And creatively, was he repeating his successes as a pop instrumentalist rather than exploring new musical ideas? He disbanded The Tijuana Brass in 1969. Increasingly, Alpert found himself confiding in Lani Hall, lead vocalist for Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, likewise members of the A & M family. After his divorce they would marry in 1973 and have a daughter, Aria. His breakdown led ultimately led to both personal and artistic breakthroughs.
“Everyone is looking for a life of purpose and meaning,” observes the trumpeter, who worked through his performing problems and with his returning ability to play the horn, continued to record. Notable among his 1970s releases were memorable collaborations with producer Quincy Jones (You Smile, the Song Begins, 1974) and South African trumpet player, Hugh Masekela (Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela, 1978). In 1979 he scored another number- one hit with the Grammy-winning “Rise,” co-written by his nephew, Randy Badazz Alpert. During that decade he spent more time as an A & M producer, and began painting lyrical abstraction and expressionist works, giving himself more creative outlets. In 1980 he began to sculpt as well. “Painting and sculpture give me that same rush that playing the horn does, that feeling of being in the moment.”
If Alpert exhibited a renewed musical purpose in the 1970s, in 1988, with the founding of the Herb Alpert Foundation, he was equally committed & motivated in his philanthropy as well as his art. Much of his giving is focused on arts education in Southern California -- endowing the music school, at UCLA and supporting multiple musical initiatives at Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts), and ensuring that music students at Los Angeles Community College have tuition-free educations. When the Harlem School of the Arts, in New York City, was on the brink of closing, he made a sustaining contribution to keep it thriving.
“I believe the best chance we have of creating responsible and productive kids is through the arts, and it has to be developed just like literacy," he says. "I have been compensated way beyond my dreams and wanted to give back. I wanted other kids to have a creative experience at an early age.”
Since its inception, the Herb Alpert Foundation has awarded approximately $190 million to hundreds of organizations providing support in the arts as well as organizations promoting well-being and compassion.
For his music as well as his philanthropy, Alpert received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012.
Rona Sebastian, president of the Herb Alpert Foundation, acknowledges that although Alpert’s philanthropy is wide-ranging, it all comes from one source. “Herb was a shy kid who at age eight picked up a trumpet and found his voice,” says Sebastian. “Now he’s trying to help others find theirs.”
About the Filmmakers
JOHN SCHEINFELD (Director, Writer, Producer)
From pop culture to politics, sports to world religions, Venice and Toronto film festivals to PBS, Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee John Scheinfeld is a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker with a broad range of subjects and productions to his credit.
In addition to directing, writing and producing Herb Alpert Is..., Scheinfeld is in post-production on a primetime documentary special about comedy legend Garry Marshall that will air on ABC in the Spring of 2020.
Another Scheinfeld feature documentary, Sergio Mendes: In The Key of Joy, had its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2020 and will be released worldwide on multiple media platforms later in the year.
Previously, his feature documentary, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, was an official selection of the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival before playing on 175 theater screens worldwide during the spring of 2017. In November 2017 it was the season premiere of Independent Lens, the largest showcase for independent documentary film on television.
Scheinfeld is best known for two widely acclaimed feature documentaries: The U.S. vs. John Lennon, which tells the true story of the US government’s attempt to silence the beloved musician and iconic advocate for peace and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, a compelling yet wildly entertaining documentary about one of the most talented and uncompromising singer-songwriters in pop music history.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon was an official selection of the Venice, Telluride, London and Toronto International film festivals and was released worldwide by Lionsgate. Born out of his love for the music of the Beatles and a keen interest in freedom of speech and personal courage in the face of significant obstacles, Scheinfeld earned the trust of Yoko Ono and was given access to her extraordinary archive.
For Who Is Harry Nilsson...? Scheinfeld was nominated for the prestigious Writers Guild Award and USA Today named him one of the Top 100 People of 2010 in their pop culture poll. Lauded as “close to genius” by novelist Stephen King, the film was a true passion project for Scheinfeld and he skillfully balanced the tantalizing, dramatic, tragic and hilarious aspects of Nilsson’s life with the many challenges involved in clearing more than 60 Nilsson songs for inclusion in the film.
Scheinfeld received a B.A. in Communications and Sociology from Oberlin College and holds an M.F.A. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University.
DAVE HARDING (Producer)
Dave Harding is an award-winning film and television producer and production executive associated with the Academy Award nominated “Encounters At The End of the World.” He is also known for his work on The Grizzly Man, The U.S. vs John Lennon, Leonard Cohen - I’m Your Man, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Since teaming up with John Scheinfeld, the two have produced the feature docs, I Hope You Dance, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, Sergio Mendes In The Key of Joy, and the forthcoming Herb Alpert Is... In addition, the team collaborated on This Is Bob Hope for and Dick Cavett’s Vietnam and Dick Cavett’s Watergate, all for PBS.
Honored with three Emmy nominations for his work in television, and one Emmy win for Wage Slaves - Not Getting By in America, Harding has produced or supervised more than 1000 hours of documentary and non-fiction programs for television while the Exec VP of indie powerhouse Creative Differences.
Harding received a B.S in Radio/TV/Film and a B.A. in Economics, from Northwestern University and returned for an M.S.J. from the University’s esteemed Medill School of Journalism.
PETER S. LYNCH II (Editor, Co-Producer)
In an entertainment career spanning nearly 20 years, Peter S. Lynch, II has served as the editor and co-producer of numerous critically acclaimed documentaries. He is currently putting finishing touches on thes oon-to-be-released, Herb Alpert Is..., an intimate portrait of the renowned music icon.
In 2017 Peter’s work was featured on the prestigious, long-running PBS series American Masters with the bio-doc, This Is Bob Hope... In 2016 Lynch edited Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, which premiered as an “official selection” of the Telluride Film Festival, went on to screen at TIFF, DOC NYC, IDFA and numerous other film festivals around the world, and also enjoyed a prominent specialty theatrical run in the U.S.
Peter’s other feature documentaries include: I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?), the GRAMMY®
Abramorama is the preeminent global theatrical distribution and rights management partner for documentary and music films and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film marketing, promotion, distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers while continuing to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience.
Over the course of nearly 20 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Stanley Nelson’s Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool; Atlantic Records and Melanie Martinez’ K-12; John McDermott’s Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Tabbert Fiiller’s The Public Image Is Rotten; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Let’s Play Two; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk; John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg’s Who Will Write Our History; Brett Bern's BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s vast catalog of Bernard Shakey Productions; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog; National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon; 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence; and the episodic multi-platform series Deconstructing The Beatles. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. Abramorama recently launched a conscious films imprint, Mangurama, alongside its music-centric film fund, focused on the global release of iconic music documentaries.
LANI HALL ALPERT
>RANDY BADAZZ ALPERT
KARA DIO GUARDI
AHMIR ‘QUESTLOVE’ THOMPSON
SIR KEN ROBINSON
BILLY BOB THORTON
The Tijuana Brass
With affection and respect
Thank You, Herb Alpert!
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DOCUMENTARY FILM HERB ALPERT IS…
SET FOR WORLD PREMIERE OCTOBER 1
NATIONWIDE VIRTUAL CINEMA RELEASE AND ON DEMAND WORLDWIDE AVAILABILITY OCTOBER 2
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Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY - August 17, 2020 -- On October 1st, preeminent global theatrical distributor Abramorama will host the world premiere of the documentary Herb Alpert Is…. The global event will take place via Facebook LIVE and will feature a Q&A with Herb Alpert and director John Scheinfeld moderated by the Grammy Museum’s Artistic Director Scott Goldman immediately following. October 2nd the film will be available via a nationwide virtual cinema release and globally on demand through Amazon, iTunes and other video-on-demand providers. The film will also be available on Blu-Ray and DVD via Amazon. Today, the artist has announced the release of a companion box set of the same name. Herb Alpert Is... will also be available on October 2nd, digitally, in LP format featuring a coffee table book and a five-piece 180 gram vinyl set, and on CD as a 3-disc set. Both physical formats will feature 63 songs spanning 5 decades, 180 pages of vintage photos, liner notes and an essay from music journalist Bud Scoppa.
One of the most accomplished artists in the music industry, Alpert has sold over 72 million records and co-founded A&M Records, one of the most successful independent music labels in history and home to such artists as Janet Jackson, The Police, Cat Stevens and Peter Frampton. Herb Alpert Is… celebrates the life and work of Herb Alpert and the impact he has had on American culture. His latest album, “Over the Rainbow” was released in October 2019 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz album charts.
Filmmaker John Scheinfeld’s (Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, The US vs John Lennon) documentary Herb Alpert Is… a passionate and inspiring exploration of Alpert’s personal and creative journey that reveals the critical events, experiences and challenges that have shaped an extraordinary life and instilled deep within the Grammy-winning trumpeter the desire to make a difference each and every day. Colleagues ranging from Questlove to Sting to Bill Moyers bring their unique voices and perspectives to telling this remarkable story.
In all, Herb Alpert has earned 15 gold and 14 platinum records; won nine Grammys between 1966 and 2014 and received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2012. In 1962 Herb co-founded the indie label, A & M Records (with Jerry Moss) which recorded artists as varied as Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, and The Police. A&M would go on to become one of the most successful independent labels in history. Less known is his striking work as an abstract painter and sculptor. Mostly below-the-radar is his significant philanthropic support of educational programs in the arts nationwide, from the Harlem School of the Arts and Los Angeles City College to CalArts and UCLA.
Says Scheinfeld, “Herb is a true artist who did things the right way, achieved success on his own terms, and brought much joy to the world in the process. I wanted to make a documentary that would reflect this and, most importantly, to be a “Feel Good” film that will uplift, inspire and bring audiences together exactly as does Herb’s music.”
Herb Alpert Is
Box Set - Track List
1. The Lonely Bull - from the album The Lonely Bull
2. Winds Of Barcelona - from the album Volume 2
3. Mexican Corn - from the album Volume 2
4. South Of the Border - from the album South Of The Border
5. Mexican Shuffle - from the album South Of The Border
6. All My Loving - from the album South Of The Border
7. A Taste Of Honey - from the album Whipped Cream & Other Delights
8. Green Peppers - from the album Whipped Cream & Other Delights
9. Bittersweet Samba - from the album Whipped Cream & Other Delights
10. Whipped Cream - from the album Whipped Cream & Other Delights
11. Tijuana Taxi - from the album !!Going Places!!
12. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You - from the album !!Going Places!!
13. Spanish Flea - from the album !!Going Places!!
14. 3rd Man Theme - from the album !!Going Places!!
15. Zorba The Greek - from the album !!Going Places!!
16. What Now My Love - from the album What Now My Love
17. Memories Of Madrid - from the album What Now My Love
18. So What’s New? - from the album What Now My Love
19. Magic Trumpet - from the album What Now My Love
20. Brasilia - from the album What Now My Love
21. If I Were A Rich Man - from the album What Now My Love
22. The Work Song - from the album S.R.O.
23. Mame - from the album S.R.O.
24. Flamingo - from the album S.R.O.
25. Bo-Bo - from the album Sounds Like…
26. Town Without Pity - from the album Sounds Like…
27. Treasure Of San Miguel - from the album Sounds Like…
28. Casino Royale - from the album Sounds Like…
29. A Banda - from the album Herb Alpert’s Ninth
30. Panama - from the album The Beat Of the Brass
31. Slick - from the album The Beat Of the Brass
32. This Guy’s In Love With You - from the album The Beat Of the Brass
33. The Sea Is My Soil - from the album Warm
34. Hurt So Bad - from the album Summertime
35. Jerusalem - from the album Summertime
36. You Smile--The Song Begins - from the album You Smile--the Song Begins
37. Up Cherry Street - from the album You Smile--the Song Begins
38. Skokiaan - from the album Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela
39. Rise - from the album Rise
40. Rotation - from the album Rise
41. Beyond - from the album Beyond
42. The Factory - from the album Beyond
43. Fandango - from the album Fandango
44. Route 101 - from the album Fandango
45. Keep Your Eye On Me - from the album Keep Your Eye On Me
46. Diamonds - from the album Keep Your Eye On Me
47. My Abstract Heart - from the album My Abstract Heart
48. Just A Dream Away - from the album My Abstract Heart
49. I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face - from the album Midnight Sun
50. Second Wind - from the album Second Wind
51. Sneakin’ In - from the album Second Wind
52. Magic Man - from the album Colors
53. Puttin’ On the Ritz - from the album Steppin’ Out
54. La Vie En Rose - from the album Steppin’ Out
55. Night Ride - from the album Come Fly With Me
56. Human Nature - from the album Human Nature
57. I’m Yours - from the album Music Vol. 1
58. Strike Up the Band - from the album Music Vol. 1
59. The Lonely Bull - from the album Music Volume 3: Herb Alpert Reimagines The Tijuana Brass
60. Whipped Cream - from the album Music Volume 3: Herb Alpert Reimagines The Tijuana Brass
61. A Taste Of Honey - from the album Music Volume 3: Herb Alpert Reimagines The Tijuana Brass
62. Wade In the Water - from the album Music Volume 3: Herb Alpert Reimagines The Tijuana Brass
63. What A Wonderful World - from the album Over The Rainbow
Photo Credit: Dewey Nicks
About Herb Alpert
A 2006 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Alpert’s albums have sold over 72 million copies and 29 of his albums have reached the Billboard Top 200. Billboard also listed Herb as #7 on their Greatest of All Time Billboard 200. In 2012 Alpert was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. In 2010 Herb Alpert and his foundation came to the rescue of the Harlem School For The Arts as the doors were about to be closed for good. Now, with a new board of directors and management, the school is a flourishing beacon for kids all around the NY area. “If you want to see a feel good program,” says Alpert, “check it out.”
About The Herb Alpert Foundation
The Herb Alpert Foundation envisions a world in which all young people are blessed with opportunities that allow them to reach their potential and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Over the past few years the Foundation has focused on core areas such as “The Arts,” a broad category that includes arts education, a focus on jazz, and support to professionals. This also includes programs that seek to use the arts to help meet the needs of underserved youth and to build competencies that will enable them to become successful adults. The other area is “Compassion and Well-Being,” which celebrates the positive aspects of human psychology and seeks to bring more empathy and compassionate behavior into our society.
The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, a program of The Herb Alpert Foundation, is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to five risk-taking, mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. The prize was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by the California Institute Of The Arts since 1994. The Award honors and supports artists respected for their creativity, ingenuity and bodies of work, at a moment in their lives when they are poised to propel their art in new unpredictable directions.
Abramorama is the preeminent global theatrical distribution and rights management partner for documentary and music films and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film marketing, promotion, distribution and live and traditional event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers while continuing to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of nearly 20 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Stanley Nelson’s Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool; Atlantic Records and Melanie Martinez’ K-12; John McDermott’s Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Tabbert Fiiller’s The Public Image Is Rotten; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Let’s Play Two; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk; John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg’s Who Will Write Our History; Brett Bern's BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s vast catalog of Bernard Shakey Productions; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award-winning Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated & Spirit Award-winning Exit Through the Gift Shop; Laurie Anderson’s New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog; Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon; Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence; and the episodic multi-platform series Deconstructing The Beatles. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. Abramorama recently launched a conscious films imprint, Mangurama, alongside its music-centric film fund focused on the global release of iconic music documentaries. In January of 2019 the company launched the live multicast streaming enterprise ABCinemaNOW.com with the global live intro, interstitial programming, and Q&A from Paris, France for the 55-country release of Who Will Write Our History. For more information visit abramorama.com.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of these concerts with Lani Hall, Bill Cantos, Hussain Jeffry and Michael Shapiro:
||Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
||Musical Instrument Museum
||Musical Instrument Museum
||Palm Desert, CA
||Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
||Musco Center for the Arts
||Santa Barbara, CA
||Bella Concert Hall
||Myer Horowitz Theatre
||Burton Cummings Theatre
||Maryland Hall for the Arts
||Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
||Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
||Red Bank, NJ
||Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre
The eSingle of "Slick" was released on June 22.