It’s been more than five decades since Sergio Mendes discovered singer Lani Hall at a Chicago nightclub. She joined Mendes’ Brasil ’66 and met trumpeter Herb Alpert (of Tijuana Brass fame) that same year.
Both proved to be momentous events.
After eight albums with Brasil ’66, Hall launched a solo career, recording songs in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Her 1986 album, “Es Fácil Amar,” won the Grammy for best Latin pop performance, and she made a splash with the theme song to the 1983 James Bond flick, “Never Say Never Again.”
Alpert, meanwhile, has been prolific as a performer, producer and record executive, having founded A&M Records in 1962. He scored his first No. 1 hit with “A Taste of Honey” in 1965, from the iconic Tijuana Brass album “Whipped Cream and Other Delights.” He has five No. 1 albums (and 14 platinum records) and nine Grammy awards to his credit.
Married since 1973, Hall and Alpert have been frequent collaborators, most recently on the Grammy-winning 2013 album “Steppin’ Out” and 2016’s Grammy nominated “Human Nature.” They performed with the Spokane Symphony in January 2016, and return to the Fox theater on Thursday with their band to perform songs from their extensive catalogs, with perhaps a few surprises.
In a recent phone interview, Hall talked about the joys of jazz, of life on the road, and of being married to a creative whirlwind.
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