Dan Parise, a fixture of large-scale concert productions in New York and beyond, died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest, Variety reports. He was 61.
The concert and television producer earned both a Grammy and Emmy nomination for his work on Beyonce & Jay-Z: On The Run, as well as another Emmy nomination for his production of the 12-12-12: A Concert For Sandy Relief. He also produced the iHeart Radio Music Festival, the Global Citizen Festival, The Concert for New York City, and many more.
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Many in the live music scene may also know Parise from his work on the last four editions of the Jammy Awards. The annual award show ran from 2000–2002, 2004–2006, and 2008 first at the Iriving Plaza in New York, later at the Roseland Ballroom, and lastly at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Jammy Awards and concert, organized by Dean Budnick and Peter Shapiro and produced by Relix magazine, was an award show that recognized the growing improvisational live music scene, as well as created legendary one-time collaborations between a wide arrange of artists.
SiriusXM radio host and Jammys co-organizer Jonathon Schwartz said of Parise and his work at the award show,
For everyone out there that remembers and enjoyed the Jammy Awards…without this man behind the scenes, we could not have been able to pull off what we did. He enabled the magic to happen.
Dan Parise was a genius…a true Jedi in large scale event productions. I learned more about event production the first hour I ever sat in a meeting with him than I had in all my years prior. Bottom line, he ran the show and always did it right.
Years after we worked together I bumped into him at a show somewhere. He stopped what he was doing (which was a million things), took a drag off his cigarette and said to me with a huge smile, “Man…those Jammys shows were FUN.” RIP Dan. I know that wherever you are, you are still running the show.
Parise’s illustrious career began in New York at Metropolitan Entertainment which was eventually bought by SFX, which would become Live Nation. From 1989–1994 Parise worked for the Grateful Dead, and produced the High Gate Vermont concert series, which he remarked as “a special moment that always comes to mind from early in my career” in an interview with SST Studios & Rentals.
Moving on to Live Nation he became Director of Production, where he created the company’s Special Events division. This is where Parise made a name for himself producing large scale events from The Concert for New York City to the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts, as well as benefit concerts for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
In 2011 Parise founded his own production company, Diversified Production Services, which produced Z100’s Jingle Ball, Bamboozle, the NFL‘s Kickoff and Super Bowl events, and many more.
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