My View: Nothing Is Like I Knew – Except

My View: Nothing Is Like I Knew – Except

It’s a world where the norms of the past are being challenged on a daily basis.  We don’t have  Walter Cronkite to tell us ‘that’s the way it is”, and respect for elected officials, symbols, and monuments is tried and tested every day. Sometimes I scratch my head wondering why I don’t always “get” the new notes, harmonies, lyrics, or humor anymore.  So for me, walking into The Carlyle, past the photos of JFK, Jackie, and Bobby Short, and then proceeding into Cafe Carlyle to hear the music of Herb Alpert is a welcome respite in melodic heaven.  Herb’s trumpet doesn’t overwhelm you with his amount of notes or volume, rather he overwhelms you with his melodies and elegant sophisticated improvisation, and of course so many of the tunes on his song list are hits he’s made famous.  It gets better….Lani Hall, Herb’s wife who started her career as the lead singer of Sergio Medes’ legendary group, Brazil 66 is on stage with him to supply vocals.

Herb Alpert’s legendary career includes five decades of unprecedented breakthroughs as a musician, painter, sculptor and record executive and philanthropist.  He has sold over 72 million albums and 29 of his records have reached the Billboard 200, with five of those albums reaching number one.  Herb Alpert is the only musical artist in pop history to have both a Billboard #1 vocal song, “This Guy’s in Love With You” (1968) and a #  1 instrumental song “Rise” (1979).  At one point in 1966, Alpert and the Tijuana Brass had four albums in the Top 10 and outsold the Beatles in the U.S.  The Cafe Carlyle audience was in love with this guy & girl last night.  Hearing “What Now My Love”, “The Lonely Bull”, “Tijuana Taxi”, “Mas Que Nada”, with all the other soundtracks of our lives was truly a “Taste of Honey”.  There are not too many things like I used to know but the music of Herb Alpert surely is…..Not to be missed at Cafe Carlyle…..Sept 5-16

Bill Cantos, Piano, Hussain Jiffry, Bass, Michael Shapiro, Drums

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to

The Carlyle

Lani Hall & Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Lani Hall & Herb Alpert

Eda Sorokoff & Barbara Joiner

The Carlyle


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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