What’s up these days with musician Herb Alpert?
—Rhonda Williams, Charlotte, North Carolina
The Los Angeles native, 78, continues to perform and recently released “Steppin’ Out,” featuring singer Lani Hall, his wife of nearly 40 years. Alpert says of the album of standards, “The key ingredient for any artist is to find your own voice. Whenever I play, that’s me.” As trumpeter, bandleader and vocalist with Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, he first hit the Top 10 in 1962 with “The Lonely Bull.” Among his other hits are “A Taste of Honey,” “This Guy’s in Love With You” and “Rise.” The co-founder of A&M Records has given more than $120 million to arts education, including a $30 million grant to endow the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.