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Live Review

Harry Connick, Jr. at Johnny Mercer Theatre

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Harry Connick, Jr. Johnny Mercer Theatre New Orleans Tricentennial Tour Savannah, GA December 9, 2018 With numerous Grammy and Emmy awards and Tony nominations, Harry Connick, Jr. is a star of sound, screen, and stage, lauded by universities and his loyal fan base. “Star" is not an exaggeration, with his rise beginning on the soundtrack for When Harry met Sally and Connick continuing his meteoric progress. The theme of his ...

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Album Review

Harry Connick, Jr.: Music From The Happy Elf

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"The Happy Elf" is just one of many numbers that Harry Connick, Jr. dished out on Harry For The Holidays (Sony/Columbia, 2003), but this particular song proved to be the seed for cross-marketing manna, which makes it a microcosm of the man himself. Connick has crooned his way into the hearts of millions, proven himself on piano time and again, conquered the silver screen, and taken Broadway by storm, but his most heartwarming talent may be that of “children's entertainer." ...

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Album Review

Harry Connick, Jr.: Chanson du Vieux Carre

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Big bands always bring memories with them to the concert. This program documents New Orleans memories of bandleader Harry Connick, Jr. as he and his band interpret traditional fare as well as bright new originals. Recorded May 2003 in Los Angeles, the session features an all-star line-up of soloists as well as solid arrangements. As with most of the better big bands, this one owes considerable gratitude to legends such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie. It's deeply ingrained in ...

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Album Review

Harry Connick, Jr.: Chanson du Vieux Carre

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Louis Armstrong's “Someday You'll Be Sorry makes an appropriate opener for this loving big-band-on-parade salute to New Orleans. A compilation of traditional music, some associated with the city and new original music about New Orleans, this is Connick's valentine to his native city, recorded some time prior to the disastrous Hurricane Katrina. Connick's early career included playing piano and singing in Bourbon Street bars. Connick has toured regularly with this band since the early '90s and this ...

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Album Review

Harry Connick Jr.: Chanson du Vieux Carre

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Simply because it was produced prior to Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact, Harry Connick Jr.'s New Orleans-themed album, Chanson du Veux Carré, has a different texture and tone than many of the impressive tribute albums the jazz world has delivered since that tragic event transpired. While many have sounded themes of lament, nostalgia, defiance, outrage and hope, Connick's venture is pure celebration--innocently recorded before Katrina transformed New Orleans into a symbol of loss, abandonment and political failure. Conceived ...

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Album Review

Harry Connick, Jr.: Occasion: Connick on Piano 2

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While singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr.'s opening performance at this year's Ottawa International Jazz Festival was entertaining in a lightweight kind of way, his two shows the following evening were the most revealing. On this world premiere, and two of only three live performances with his lifelong friend, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Connick debuted material from Occasion: Connick on Piano 2, an even greater departure from his more widely-accepted crooner image than his '03 Marsalis Music release, Other Hours: Connick on Piano ...

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Film Review

In Concert with Harry Connick, Jr.

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Harry Connick, Jr. Only You Columbia 2004

Dressed casually, with shirttail hanging out over the top of his jeans, Harry Connick, Jr. gives his audience a full night of fun. The members of his big band, with open shirt collars and a relaxed demeanor, share both the camera and the musical arrangements. It's big band swing with a heart of pure gold.

Songs from his Only You album, and selected others, give ...


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