Herb Alpert and Paquito D’Rivera added to MCG Jazz show list
MCG Jazz is adding two shows to its calendar this season, with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall scheduled for November and Paquito D’Rivera planning a stop in March.
Legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert is perhaps best known for performances like the instrumental “Rise” and the romantic “This Guy’s In Love With You.” He has earned five number one hits, nine Grammy awards (the latest from his 2014 album, “Steppin’Out”), 15 gold and 14 platinum albums.
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass at one point was so popular it outsold The Beatles two to one, according to a MCG Jazz release.
Alpert has the distinction of being the only artist to achieve both No. 1 instrumental and vocal singles, the release states.
Hall, Alpert’s wife, is an original Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 member and is a Grammy award winning vocalist.
The two will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 11.
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D’Rivera, celebrated for both his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer, has won 14 Grammy awards, according to the release.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony.
He simultaneously directed the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, a group he founded, and played both clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban national Symphony Orchestra.
D’Rivera also was a founding member and co-director of Irakere, a Grammy-winning ensemble mixing jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music.
He continues to guest conduct the United Nation Orchestra, an ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz.
He will perform at 6 and 8:30 p.m. March 10.
All shows will be at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., Pittsburgh.
MCG Jazz is a Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild program, with a mission of preserving, presenting and promoting jazz.
Details: 412-322-0800 or mcgjazz.org.
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or [email protected] or via Twitter @MaryPickels.