Kirk Silsbee’s 2017 holiday-music picks

During the 1950s, the United States was rebuilding Western Europe and creating the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by the most people in world history. But by year’s end, most Americans just wanted to be with family and friends. It’s ironic how many contemporary holiday recordings still tap that era’s home-and-hearth heritage. The holiday ...

Herb Alpert to be honored with prestigious UCLA Medal

National Medal of Arts recipient and nine-time Grammy winner Herb Alpert will be awarded the UCLA Medal, the campus’s highest honor, on June 16 at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s inaugural commencement ceremony. This is recognition for one of our community’s foremost artists, arts producers, arts philanthropist. If anyone embodies the super-cool nature ...

Singer/swinger Jennifer Keith’s winning act at Vibrato Grill 1

Styling retro-singer Jennifer Keith doesn’t just look the part — although she really looks the part! With her full-skirted, fifties dress, flowers in her hair like Billie Holiday, she echos the vintage ‘girl’ singer of the big band and swing era. But she delivers too. Keith and her boys, a swinging sextet under the leadership ...

Herb Alpert’s twenty-one years of generous giving to artists

Dance · Film · Music · Theater · Visual arts
Herb Alpert, center, with the 2015 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts winners, from left, Maria Hassabi, Taylor Mac, Herb Alpert, Sharon Lockhart and Julia Wolfe. Absent because detained in Cuba: Tania Brugeura. On May 1, The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts awarded the 21st annual Herb Alpert Award in the ...

Herb Alpert, son of Los Angeles, honored with National Medal of Arts

On July 10, 2013, President Barack Obama will recognize Herb Alpert for lifetime contribution to the arts with one of the 12 Medal of Arts bestowed annually by the White House. Herb Alpert is a music legend, as a performing artist in both jazz and popular realms, and as an industry producer. He is an ...

Herb Alpert, Los Angeles bus driver, puts on the Ritz 1

Dance · Music
Choreography by Tabitha and Napoleon      … with a nod to Irving Berlin (1929), Fred Astaire (1946)  Like this? Read more:  Herb & Lani at Vibrato A royal Hollywood evening with Fred Astaire, John Travolta Paula Abdul, Choreographer’s Carnival honoree

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, outstanding arts philanthropists, oversee 2012 Alpert Awards

Dance · Film · Music · Theater · Visual arts
The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) have awarded the 18th annual Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid–career artists. The award, a prize of $75,000, recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and ...

Vibrato Grill to groove April 30 – Intl Jazz Day monster jam session

It’s the first annual International Jazz Day this coming April 30. To celebrate, Herb Alpert’s swank and intimate jazz bar and restaurant, Vibrato Grill, presents an evening of continuous jamming with Pat Senatore – featuring some of LA’s top jazz musicians. A way-cool roster of top players is on tap for the bandstand. In Paris ...

Back to school for Herb & Lani

Architecture & Design · Music
Benefactors Herb and Lani Alpert joined education and community leaders on a nippy Friday morning in Santa Monica to celebrate completion of the steel framing for the Performing Arts and Leadership Center that forms the centerpiece of the innovative Herb Alpert Educational Village.   Herb and Lani Hall Alpert New Roads School students convene at ...

Monk lives … at UCLA

The Herb Alpert juggernaut of extraordinary arts philanthropy surges on the news that The Herb Alpert Foundation has  again spurred jazz education at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. The school will join forces with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit organization devoted to jazz education now based in New Orleans. For ...