Harry Connick Jr.
Courtesy of Kyodo Tokyo
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.
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