Herb Alpert: Musician

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 36

Herb Alpert, at the age of 82, is showing no signs of slowing down. The American musician has enjoyed a long and hugely successful career as a trumpet player, bandleader, composer, record company co-founder and philanthropist.

Healthy and vibrant, the octogenarian lives a full life, touring, performing and nurturing young talent though the Herb Alpert Foundation, where the mission is to “promote compassion and creativity” in society.  Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass burst on to the music scene the early1960s. Herb is the 'A' in A&M Records, where he had the foresight to sign the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, The Police and many others.

As a solo artist Herb had a number one hit with the instrumental track, Rise.  He is also an accomplished artist and sculptor and has been happily married to the signer Lani Hall for more than 40 years. In this wide-ranging interview Herb explains why he feels three decades younger than his biological age; how he revels in exploring new technology to create music and why he embraces every day with boyish enthusiasm. 



The Christmas Wish album


Herb Alpert's album, The Christmas Wish, the trumpet-player's first in 50 years, is a joy to listen to. It includes some wonderful arrangements of traditional festive tunes. Herb and I sat down recently to talk about his work, for BBC Radio 5 Live, and his continuing zest for life, at 83. 

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Originally broadcast, Dec 12, 2017 - BBC 5 Live