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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

It happened to me just last week. Thumbing through a bin of LPs at Garageland, I inevitably found a copy of Herb Alpert’s 1965 blockbuster Whipped Cream and Other Delights staring seductively back at me. It’s still one of the most commonplace used records because so many people bought it back in the mid-’60s, when Alpert, backed by his backing band the Tijuana Brass, was as close to a rock star as a jazz trumpeter could get. At 82, he’s still drawing crowds, and he returns to the Fox next week with his wife Lani Hall, herself at a jazz icon: She was the lead vocalist of Brasil ’66, the bossa nova collective started by the legendary Sergio Mendes.

— Nathan Weinbender

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