Her turns in the spotlight were slinky slow-burning numbers in English, Spanish and Portuguese, from a dramatic take on “Besame Mucho” to a medley of ‘60s pop gems including the Hal David/Burt Bacharach composition “The Look Of Love” and Carole King’s “Up On The Roof.”Alpert’s horn served as the second voice during “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” played gently and eloquently, a fresh take for New Orleans ears used to Louis Prima and Keely Smith’s wild, careening version.

The pair and their tight combo brought a sophisticated cocktail-lounge vibe to the Jazz Tent; even amid all the sandals and cargo shorts, you could almost hear ice clinking in cocktail glasses.

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During the rehearsal, one of the cameramen recognized me and mentioned casually that my father worked for ABC radio.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the A&M Records release of Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass.

Alpert, who is 82, made his best-remembered records in the 1960s.

His 1965 “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” with the Tijuana Brass, the title track of which was written by the late Allen Toussaint, became an indelible American earworm as theme music on "The Dating Game." Its followup, “Going Places,” was another addictive, rollicking collection of jazzy pop that included well-known Alpert cuts like “Tijuana Taxi” and “Spanish Flea.”But the crowd at the Jazz Tent wasn’t a nostalgia crew.

Headliner Alpert closed out, along with vocalist Lani Hall, on the first day of the fest’s second weekend.

Fans peered in from the edges of the tent, grouped in clusters at its entrances, and danced on the pavement near the beer stands and craft booths.

Those dancing in the doorways included new converts like 24-year-old Houstonian Lena Fjerstad, who had left her friends watching jam band Widespread Panic at the Acura Stage.“I love it,” she said.

“It’s catchy, and it’s loud.”There were also lifelong fans like 60-year-old trumpet player Ray Oborn who, along with his companion Merryn Hallouelle, arranges music-focused tours in the United States for groups from their native Australia.

Realizing early on that his favorite artists like Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz gained early commercial success by finding their own musical style, Alpert set out to do the same.