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Harry Connick Jr.

Courtesy of Kyodo Tokyo
Harry Connick Jr.

Anyone younger, better looking, more musical and far more successful than I can ever dream fills me with spleen. But when it comes to jazz crooner cum actor Harry Connick Jr. (best known for his soundtrack to the film When Harry Met Sally), the guy' so darn likable it's hard to stay angry. The golden-voiced golden boy brings his bag full o' standards, his grand piano and big band to town for two nights of concerts that are sure to quicken the heartbeats of many a female breast.

Born in New Orleans in 1967, young Harry Connick Jr. was exposed to the roots of jazz and a broad variety of music as the son of the owners of a record store. Beginning on the keyboards at the age of three, he made his first recording at age ten. Moving to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music in 1987, Connick was discovered by a Columbia Records exec who immediately signed him to a contract. Connick debuted with a self-titled album of unaccompanied jazz standards the same year.

A second release, 20, issued in 1988, was the first to feature Connick on vocals, exposing him to a wider audience. The following year he was asked by director Rob Reiner to record the soundtrack to When Harry Met Sally, an event which was to catapult him to star status and also set him on a trajectory towards the movie world.

In 1990 Connick took his first acting role as a tail gunner in Memphis Belle, and since then has played a variety of parts, most recently appearing in independent films Wayward Son and The Simian Line. Despite his acting career, however, Connick insists that music is his priority. "Barring any unbelievable offer that comes through the door," he said in a recent Time Out New York interview, "I'm not going to do any movies."

Connick's most recent CD, Come by Me, marking a return to traditional jazz and R&B standards, appeared in 1999.

Harry Connick Jr. plays Tokyo International Forum on March 31 and April 1.

Flash: Fuji Rock Festival will take place this year on July 28 through 30 at Naeba Ski resort, according to a statement just released by promoter Smash. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana