LIVE: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall @ The Egg 8/4/2019

A well-produced evening of jazz and song, featuring Herb Alpert of Tijuana Brass fame (trumpet) and has wife Lani Hall (singer). The headliners performed with their jazz trio: Bill Cantos on keyboards, Hussain Jiffry on bass, and Michael Shapiro on drums. The new band has been recording together since 2007. 

A main screen behind the band and two side screens set stage left and stage right showed colorful images of Alpert’s artwork, album covers, band photographs, and videos made at different times in his career. It added a lively visual element to the performance and gave it a very professional look and feel. 

Grammy Award winners: Herb and Lani can still bring it. Herb still has the amazing control of the trumpet he is known for. Lani’s voice has a strong clear quality that at times during the performance reminded us of Barbara Streisand. 

The musical program was a mixture of their hits, both old and new, some medleys and covers. The concert opened with a swinging medley: “Got a groovy thing”, “Why Why”, and “Moon Dance”. Lani closed out the piece singing to samba melodies in Portuguese. 

It was clear from the outset this was going to be a good concert. 

Between numbers, Herb engaged with the audience working the crowd up for a couple of sing-alongs: “This guy is in love with you” and “Copacabana.” At times, he used anecdotes to set the stage for the next piece, crediting the many artists he has worked with over the years, both as a performer and a record producer. Herb is a class act and the audience loved him. 

Some notable covers during the concert were: “Something in the way she moves” by George Harrison, “Ain’t no sunshine” by Bill Withers and “Putting on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin from their album “Steppin’ Out” (2013). 

All in all a very enjoyable and memorable evening. 

“The Egg” is a very comfortable medium-sized venue located at Empire Plaza in downtown Albany. Easily reached from highway 787 via Madison Ave. The box office is downstairs on the concourse. The street level, parking, and the theatre level can all be reached by elevator and are easily accessible. 

One small issue is that GPS guidance will direct you to the parking lot for the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception and not to the official parking for “The Egg”. The official website for “The Egg” alludes to this state of affairs being due to a GPS bug. Parking at the plaza in the evening has a five-dollar fee, the cathedral parking is free with a very short walk.

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