It appears that trumpet legend Herb Alpert never puts his instrument down. When asked recently during a phone interview if he had any daily routines, Alpert answered by playing a 21-second jazz medley.
“My daily routine sounds something like that,” Alpert said with a laugh.
His devotion to his trumpet has paid off throughout a music career that has spanned over six decades, earning him nine Grammy Awards, 15 gold albums, 14 platinum albums and sales of more than 72 million records worldwide. Since his early days with his top-selling band Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Alpert has continued to record and tour unceasingly around the world.
Alpert will return to Newport Beach on Friday, July 7, to kick off the Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series, performing with his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer Lani Hall and his band of more than 11 years. The set list will be spontaneous, said Alpert, with standards from the Tijuana Brass and Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, for which Hall was a lead vocalist in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
“We don’t have cookie-cutter concerts, we have a lot of spontaneity and improvise throughout the night according to how we feel,” said Alpert, “We give the audience the hits they want to hear, but we also direct the night by the mood or what I’m feeling particularly passionate about that evening.”
At age 83, Alpert is still receiving major honors, including his 10th Grammy nomination for the 2016 album “Human Nature.” He is set to release two albums this year, including “Music Vol. 1” on July 28, in which he collaborates with Jochem van der Saag, who has worked with artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Destiny’s Child.
“I wanted to make an album of positive upbeat music, so all the songs are done in a way that is very uplifting … I think in this time in history with the way the country and the world is in a strange turmoil, I thought this upbeat sound is what I wanted to put out there,” Alpert said of his newest album.
The second upcoming album is “The Christmas Wish,” set to be released in September and featuring a symphony and choir. Alpert said he enjoys exploring various genres but never goes into the recording studio with the intention of trying to make a hit record.
“I don’t really think about what I need to do to stay fresh. I just go with what’s right with me. … I am looking to just play what makes me feel good, and hopefully what feels good for me will make someone else feel…