Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Sign With Ted Kurland
Legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert and his wife, internationally renowned GRAMMY-winning singer Lani Hall, have signed with the Boston, MA-based booking agency Ted Kurland Associates for worldwide representation. TKA will exclusively represent Alpert and Hall both for their performances as a duo.
The move to TKA comes after Alpert and Hall's rare tour together this
spring, where their legendary chemistry was spotlighted at intimate
evenings of American and Brazilian jazz and American popular standards at
sold-out shows for the entire tour cities. Stops on their itinerary, with
engagements on the east and west coasts, included: Los Angeles' REDCAT, the
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall; Joe's
Pub in NYC; Yoshi's in San Francisco; Blues Alley in Washington, DC;
Seattle, WA's Jazz Alley; and Sculler's Jazz Club in Boston, MA.
"Herb Alpert is truly one of the great musical icons performing today.
Our agency is extremely honored to have the privilege of serving him as a
new client, " said Ted Kurland.
Alpert and Hall were accompanied on the road by a trio of top-flight
musicians: Bill Cantos (piano), Michael Shapiro (drums) and Hussain Jiffry
(bass). As they embarked on tour, Alpert commented, "My love for jazz is
rooted in its spontaneity and its never ending search for personal truth
and creative freedom. It is with that freedom that we're doing this tour,
playing original arrangements of classic American standards with the color
of Brazilian music scattered throughout, hopefully creating an exciting and
unique musical blend without ever closing the space for spontaneity."
"Ted Kurland is a class act himself, " Alpert added. "We are excited
about our new relationship."
The tour showcased Hall's elegant, stirring vocals entwined with
Alpert's warm, expressive trumpet lines on classics of the American popular
songbook including "Let's Face The Music And Dance" (Irving Berlin), "Night
And Day" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Cole Porter), "That Old Black
Magic" (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer) and - rightly featuring Alpert's one
lead vocal of the set - "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" (Lerner &
Lowe). On a contemporary note, Alpert and Hall blended the 2006 Corinne
Bailey Rae hit "Like A Star" into a set-piece with "A Taste Of Honey"
(Bobby Scott/Ric Marlow), a song that netted Alpert three GRAMMYs in 1965.
Also featured were two compositions by the combo's pianist, Bill Cantos
-"Morning Coffee" and "Who Are You?"
In addition to considering future live performance options, Herb Alpert
and Lani Hall are in discussions regarding a future album and DVD project.
Ted Kurland Associates is located at 173 Brighton Avenue, Boston, MA
02134. The telephone number is 617.254.0007, and the facsimile is
617-782-3577. The company's website is: http://www.tedkurland.com
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