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Guild offers tribute to Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass

With hits like Tijuana Taxi, and This Guy's in Love with You, the show will honor the colorful 1960s musical group.

By JOY DAVIS-PLATT, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 11, 2002


With hits like Tijuana Taxi, and This Guy's in Love with You, the show will honor the colorful 1960s musical group.

BROOKSVILLE -- The Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild will present a tribute to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on Saturday evening.

Inspired by the colorful city for which it is named, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass was one of the most original musical groups in recent memory, said guild president Beverly Lewis, and impersonator Charly Raymond will keep that memory alive.

"Charly Raymond really does this music justice," said Lewis, who heard Raymond perform at a preview of the show. "I think this will really appeal to our audiences."

In 1965, trumpeter Herb Alpert joined forces with musician Jerry Moss to hand-pick a group of top-rate musicians with personalities to match their musical talent. Like Alpert, Raymond studied with New York music teacher Carmine Caruso and played as a trumpeter for the U.S. Army.

The evening will include songs like Tijuana Taxi, Spanish Flea, Zorba the Greek and This Guy's in Love with You.

Singer Michele James will lend her voice to the show. Known for her performances with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the Chordettes, James has also performed as part of the Apple Blossoms, an Andrews Sisters tribute group.

"I just know this is going to be a great show," said Lewis, who has been with the guild for about six years. "He's great; he really is."

Charly Raymond will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Reserved seats are $18 and will be available at the door. For tickets and information, call 799-5577.

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