David Perrico & Raiderettes Director Tiphanie Mcniff were featured on The MORE SHOW Las Vegas on Thursday, June 1, as they talked about Pop Symphonic's upcoming performance at The Smith Center on July 14th. Click on the video to watch!
The Smith Center NEWS BLOG, originally posted 4/21/23
After 10 years of selling out Myron’s concerts with his Pop Strings Orchestra and its rollicking pop covers, “I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t work,” says acclaimed trumpeter-composer David Perrico.
For instance, Perrico — known nationally as music director for the Las Vegas Raiders — saw how audiences at his holiday show lit up at a surprise visit from the Raiders’ cheerleaders, the Raiderettes.
And when Perrico filmed a music video at The Smith Center’s spacious Reynolds Hall, he saw how glorious the stage looked when filled with a full symphony.
“Everyone was so jazzed about it,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘maybe we could do a show in here.’”
Building on this vision, Perrico will deliver an epic performance as he’s never done before on July 14 in Reynolds Hall.
Transforming his traditional ensemble into the Pop Symphonic, Perrico’s large-scale show will feature a tremendous, 68-piece orchestra of top Las Vegas musicians – as well as eight powerhouse vocalists.
To thrill audiences of all musical tastes, the set list will span classical, pop, Latin, ‘70s and ‘80s rock and more, including hits by Foreigner, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé.
The show will also feature celebrity guests… Plus performances by all 32 of the Raiderettes led by Tiphanie McNiff.
“I want to keep this pure Vegas, and I want to give the audience something they can’t see at home,” Perrico says. “It’s a party. I want it to be fun.”
VIRTUOSOS, CELEBRITIES AND RAIDERETTES – OH MY
Perrico vows this show will feature Las Vegas’ most glittering talent.
His Pop Symphonic will showcase musicians who perform with headliners such as Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Aerosmith and Andrea Bocelli.
“These are all virtuoso musicians,” Perrico assures.
Audiences will also enjoy surprise, big-name artists who have performed at Raiders games, he adds.
Bringing in the Raiderettes proved an easy decision, he notes, as he already customizes music for their dances at Allegiant Stadium.
“They like working with a live band — any dancer will say that,” Perrico says. “I also think the Raiderettes strengthens our presence of the Raiders in the community.”
MAKING CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR THE MASSES
Perrico keeps one goal in mind with his symphonic versions of rock and pop anthems.
He wants to make orchestral music accessible for the general public.
“When you start getting into heavier stuff like Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, people appreciate it, but might not connect with it,” he explains.
So, he plans to pack his upcoming show with “songs that people can sing,” he says, including symphonic adaptations of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
“My goal is to always connect with the audience,” he says. “This will be very high energy.”
Perrico hopes this will lead to an ongoing series of Pop Symphonic concerts, with themes spanning Disney, The Godfather and James Bond.
“I’m excited, the musicians are excited and the Raiderettes are excited to come together and have this really fun night of music,” he says.
David Perrico Pop Symphonic – Featuring the Raiderettes runs at 7:30 p.m. on July 14. For tickets, CLICK HERE.
Original posted Thursday, Jan 5, 2023
by MATT MICUCCI
The editors of JAZZIZ have the good fortune of being able to listen to new music before it’s officially released in stores and streaming platforms. And because we’re always listening to new tunes, we always know just what to recommend. That’s why we’ll bring you a roundup of ten songs each Monday, featuring music from our favorite new albums, singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar. And, for good measure, we’ll be throwing in some “golden oldies” as well…
We kick off the playlist with “Love Song,” the opening track from Peggy Lee’s Norma Deloris Egstrom from Jamestown, North Dakota, the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of which was released recently on Capitol/UMe. Following is “Urbanessence,” the title track from the second solo album by trumpeter/composer Tito Carrillo, and “An Upturned Crab,” a new single from James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra that also features the talents of Radiohead’s Philip Selway and is included on The Great White Sea Eagle.
Trupeter/arranger Phil Lassiter leads a vivacious 24-piece ensemble on “Simmer Down.” Fred Hersch and esperanza spalding take on “But Not For Me” in the opener to their duo album, Alive at the Village Vanguard, released today. “One G and Two J’s” is a Bo Diddley-inspired jazz-rock jam from guitarist/composer Grant Geissman, featuring a three-guitar lineup with Josh Smith and Joe Bonamassa, from the GRAMMY-nominated BLOOZ.
David Perrico introduced his latest creation, his 68-piece orchestra Pop Symphonic, on his latest album, Sidewalk, featuring “La Promessa.” You can find out more about the project in our recent JAZZIZ Podcast conversation with the trumpeter/composer. “Refuge” is the opening track from pianist/composer Geoffrey Keezer’s latest and independently-released album, Playdate. The track recently received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.
The Royal Bopsters’ recently released the 10th-anniversary edition of their self-titled landmark 2015 album, including the bonus track “Jazz Jump,” which you can hear on this playlist. And our conclusive track is “Catamaran,” the opener from pianist/accordionist/composer Ben Rosenblum’s fourth album, A Thousand Pebbles, released today and featuring his extraordinary seven-piece group, Nebula Project.
Listen to this weekend’s JAZZIZ Editors’ Choice Playlist via the player below.
David Perrico | The JAZZIZ Podcast #11
Original posted Thursday, Dec 22
by MATT MICUCCI
Welcome to the JAZZIZ Podcast. This is our new series of podcast conversations, hosted by JAZZIZ Online Editor Matt Micucci and featuring some of the best artists of today’s jazz and creative music scene. Many of these artists are part of JAZZIZ Vinyl Club, our series of limited-edition color vinyl albums curated by the JAZZIZ Editors, featuring some of the most exciting jazz artists from yesterday and today that we cover in the print version of JAZZIZ, our website and these podcasts.
David Perrico is a classically-trained trumpeter, an award-winning conductor/composer/arranger, and one of the most in-demand musicians in Las Vegas. Regularly wowing audiences with his bands, including the acclaimed Pop Strings Orchestra, and having toured internationally with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and other great ensembles, Perrico recently unleashed his new creation: the 68-piece band Pop Symphonic. The orchestra is showcased on his latest release, Sidewalk, on a program of ten original compositions and orchestrations by Perrico himself. We talk about this album and more in our latest episode of The JAZZIZ Podcast.
Listen to our JAZZIZ Podcast conversation with David Perrico via the player below. Sidewalk is available now. Order it here. And if you love jazz and vinyl, be sure to check out our carefully-curated series of vinyl compilations, JAZZIZ Vinyl Club!
Pop Symphonic 68-piece orchestra just released on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music!
10-original compositions 🎻🎺
Thank you to everyone involved with production and the incredible musicians of Pop Symphonic!
Audio mix by Bob Lentini
Album Cover Patrick Rivera
Graphic Design Sebastien Theve
POP FLAMENCO AT MAXAN JAZZ CLUB!
David Perrico & Pop Flamenco at Maxan Jazz Club! Get ready for a night of Latin, Pop, and traditional Flamenco style music, featuring authentic virtuoso Spanish guitar, hand played percussion and more!
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Join David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra for a night of classic Holiday songs featuring several new custom arrangements by David Perrico. Tickets start at just $29.00 and are available via The Smith Center website...click the button below to purchase!
David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra will be back at Myron's at The Smith Center on Friday, Sept 30th to perform Classic 70’s Rock featuring vocalists Michael Johnson, Jim Buck, Lily Arce, and Fletch Walcott. With new custom arrangements by David Perrico, the Orchestra will be expanded to 26-piece for this show. This show will include a repertoire from the bands: Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street), Al Stewart (Year of The Cat), Firefall, Led Zeppelin, Heart, Foreigner, Elton John, SuperTramp, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Bob Seiger, Blue Oyster Cult.
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