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Eight-time Grammy Award-winning jazz icon Herb Alpert is also a platinum-selling musician, songwriter, record producer, visual artist and philanthropist. He was born in Los Angeles. He grew up in a house filled with music. His early music career just grew from there. By mid-year 1962, Alpert and Jerry Moss formed a partnership they called Carnival Records. This name was later changed to what would become the iconic and highly successful label, A&M Records.

"By August 1962, Alpert and Moss released their third single The Lonely Bull by The Tijuana Brass with Alpert. Festival Records in Australia licensed the single, and on December 22, 1962, it reached number one on the Australian singles chart," says the label. "On October 27, The Lonely Bull entered the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. It peaked on December 8, 1962 at the number six position. The single sold about 700,000 copies and netted about $180,000. The Lonely Bull album was then released in December and on December 29, it too entered the Billboard charts."

From there A&M grew to become the largest independent record label in America. A&M has worked with such important and influential icons as: Joan Baez; the Flying Burrito Brothers; The Carpenters; Joe Cocker; The Courteneers; Sheryl Crow; Duffy; Peter Frampton; The Horrors; Janet Jackson; Carole King; The Police; Cat Stevens; Patrick Wolf. Alpert and Moss sold A&M in 1990. Future releases are to come from the now reignited label with upcoming works from Chapel Club, The Cheek and Daley.

Alpert received the Grammy® and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awards fir his legendary talent. He also has a 40-year career as a professional painter and sculptor.

“You don’t have to hear but three notes before you know it is Herb Alpert,” The late Miles Davis once remarked.

Alpert explains, “There is a certain satisfaction and energy that comes from playing the horn – a feeling that I am really in my element. I am passionate about what I am doing. I am just playing what comes out, and I try to stay conscious of things that are happening in the spontaneity of the moment.”

Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall have been performing together, with their band, since 2006 and have 2 CD’s, Anything Goes and I Feel You. Their newest CD, Steppin’ Out, is to be released in the summer of this year. Hall began her professional career as the original lead singer with Sergio Mendes and Brasil ‘66. It was in 1966, while singing with the group in an audition for A&M Records, that Hall met Alpert. They married in 1973, and since then their lives and musical gifts have mingled.

Alpert and his internationally renowned and Grammy Award-winning singer wife, Hall, will return June 2, 2013 to Chicago for An Evening with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Park West. They will perform songs from their next album, Steppin Out to be released later this year. The program will also include a jazz set and American songbook favorites: Puttin';#82on the Ritz, And The Angels Sing, Anything Goes, Moondance, La Vie en Rose, plus a nostalgic Tijuana Brass medley. Also, within the set will be some Brasilian songs and an Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley.

Alpert and his wife are known for their transformative, arts and education focused philanthropy, as well as their prominent place in musical history and fine art. They began their philanthropic work in 1982, and oversee The Herb Alpert Foundation. The foundation's significant commitments include: the 2007 formation of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, devoted to the performance and study of music in all of its global diversity; The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts; The Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists; The PS Arts Lawndale Elementary School District Initiative, which has brought arts education to more than four thousand children annually for the past seven years. Paul Cummins, for the past twenty years, has enjoyed the support of Alpert in the visionary work of founding of the New Roads School, PS Arts and the planning and development of The Herb Alpert Educational Village.

Located in the heart of the City of Santa Monica mixed use creative district, The Herb Alpert Educational Village is home to the New Roads School, the New Visions Foundation and other non-profit organizations working in the fields of education, the arts, the environment, and social justice. The goal of The Herb Alpert Educational Village founders and supporters is to create a new model for innovative, collaborative, and inclusive education. In addition to providing office space for the non-profit partners, and specialty classroom space for the New Roads School, the new green facility houses the seat state of the art Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice and a 2,000-square foot community forum. These spaces allow for enhanced programming at the New Roads School and provide a resource for the entire community.

An Evening with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall:

June 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL.
Tickets are $45. To order tickets call ETix at 800.514.3849 or visit Tickets are also available at the Park West Box office: M-F 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., and on the evening of a concert (cash only).

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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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