Luico Hopper

Luico Hopper

Instrument: Bass | Location: Las Vegas

Updated: November 1, 2021

Born: September 5, 1952

Luico Hopper (pronounced” Lou-e-co) grew up in Virginia to a musical family. His father played the guitar and both parents sang in the church choir. Luico's first instrument was the clarinet that he played throughout high school. He developed interest in the guitar around the age of twelve and taught himself to play after being inspired by his father's musicianship. He started playing the electric and acoustic bass during his freshman year in college. Hopper joined the Norfolk State College Jazz Ensemble remaining part of this group until graduating in 1974 with a B.A. in Sociology.

After college, Hopper moved to New York City to become a professional musician. In the '80s and '90s his career was established as a studio bassist recording on scores of radio and television commercials. During this time, Hopper also recorded and toured with a number of artists including Phyllis Hyman, Gato Barbieri, Roberta Flack, Gil Evans, Diana Ross, Earl Klugh, Jonathan Butler, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, Gloria Lynne, Luther Vandross and Bryan Ferry.

In the mid-eighties, Hopper became increasingly sought after to perform on Broadway beginning with the original hit musical Dreamgirls. He was the featured bassist in the Broadway hit, Five Guys Named Moe and later performed in numerous other Broadway hits including Bring In Da Noise, Bring In the Funk, The Lion King, Shrek the Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. In 2013, Hopper accepted the coveted bass chair for the hit sensation Motown the Musical, a role that was particularly meaningful since his childhood musical inspiration was the legendary Motown bassist, James Jamerson.

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