LOS ANGELES — Music-industry legend and philanthropist Herb Alpert on Saturday will receive the inaugural UCLA Arts Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, in recognition of his accomplishments and his contributions to the arts and music at the university.
Alpert’s trumpet playing and song-writing — primarily with the group Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass — have earned him five number-one hits, eight Grammy awards, 15 gold albums and 14 platinum albums. Alpert, who has sold more than 72 million records, is known for songs such as “The Lonely Bull,” “A Taste of Honey” and “This Guy’s in Love With You.”
Albert, who co-founded A&M Records in 1962, has worked with artists like Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, Supertramp and The Police. In 2006, Alpert was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Alpert, 77, is also recognized as a visual artist whose paintings and sculptures have been shown in museums and galleries around the world, according to UCLA.
Alpert and his wife, Grammy Award-winning Lani Hall, have received several awards for their philanthropic work through The Herb Alpert Foundation, which helps fund arts and arts education.
He and his wife also oversee Vibrato Grill, a restaurant and jazz club in Bel Air.
According to the university, the UCLA Arts Award was created to recognize people who have made significant contributions in the field of the arts and actively support the arts at UCLA. The award, an
original acrylic sculpture by UCLA Professor Vasa Mihich, will be given to Alpert during the school’s commencement ceremony.