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Harry Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a singer, pianist and actor. His music encompasses jazz, some of it very much in the style of the crooners of the 1940s and early '50s, funk and blues. His father, Harry Connick, Sr., is a lawyer who became district attorney of New Orleans and was indicted on corruption charges. He married model Jill Goodacre in 1994. September 11 is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years). ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is an alphabetical list of popular music performers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... A crooner is a singer (usually male) of a certain kind of popular music, often called Standards or American Standards. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Jill Goodacre (born March 29, 1965) is a model who appeared extensively in the 1990s Victorias Secret catalogs. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Early History

Harry Connick, Jr., was born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 11, 1967. His parents were both lawyers who also owned a record store. His musical talents soon came to the fore when he learned the keyboards at the age of three, played publicly at six and recorded with a local jazz band at 10. His musical talents were developed at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis and James Booker. State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455 km² (16%) Population (2000)  - Population 4,468,976 (22nd)  - Density 39. ... Ellis Marsalis is the name of father and son jazz musicians, patriarchs of the Marsalis clan. ... James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 – November 8, 1983) was an eccentric and flamboyant piano player and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. ...

Connick attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He moved to New York City to study at Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music, where a Columbia Records executive persuaded him to sign with that label. His first record, Harry Connick Jr., was a mainly instrumental album of standards. He soon acquired a reputation in jazz due to extended stays at high-profile New York venues. His second album, 20, featured his vocals and added to this reputation. Jesuit High School is a Jesuit high school in New Orleans, Louisiana founded in 1847. ... City nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City that Care Forgot Location of New Orleans Country   State     Parish United States   Louisiana     Orleans Parish Mayor C. Ray Nagin Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 350. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Hunter College of The City University of New York See also: Hunter College High School Hunter College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as simply Hunter College) is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), located on Manhattans Upper East Side. ... Manhattan School of Music The Manhattan School of Music is a music conservatory located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoratal levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ...

When Harry Met Sally—chart and movie success

With Connick's growing reputation, director Rob Reiner asked him to provide a soundtrack for his 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. The soundtrack consisted of several standards, including "It Had to Be You", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", and achieved double-platinum status in the United States. He won his first Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance for his work on the soundtrack. Rob Reiner as a young man Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... Meg Ryan Meg Ryan (nee Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut) is an American actress who specializes in romantic comedies, but has worked in other film genres as well. ... Crystal on Hollywood Squares. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

Connick made his screen debut in Memphis Belle (1990), about a B-17 bomber crew in World War II. In that year, he began a two-year world tour. Not content with that, he released two albums in July 1990: the jazz trio album Lofty's Roach Souffle and another album of standards titled We Are in Love, which also went double platinum. We Are in Love earned him his second consecutive Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A B_17 nicknamed Sally B in England in 2001 The B_17 Flying Fortress was the first mass_produced, four_engine heavy bomber. ...

"Promise Me You'll Remember", his contribution to the Godfather III soundtrack, was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991. In a year of recognition, he was also nominated for an Emmy for Best Performance in a Variety Special for his PBS special Swingin' Out Live, which was also released as a video. In October 1991, he released his third consecutive multi-platinum album, Red Light, Blue Light, on which he wrote and arranged the songs. In October 1991, he starred in Little Man Tate, directed by Jodie Foster, playing the friend of a child prodigy who goes to college. The Godfather, Part III is a 1990 film, the third in the Godfather trilogy. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Emmy Award. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... Alicia Christian Jodie Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress and director. ...

Harry Connick, Jr., was arrested in 1992 and charged with having a 9mm pistol in his possession at JFK International Airport. After spending a day in jail, he agreed to make a public-service television commercial warning against breaking gun laws. The court agreed to drop all charges if Connick stayed out of trouble for six months. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA Airport Code: JFK, ICAO Airport Code: KJFK) is the main international airport in New York City, and is one of the largest airports in the world. ...

In November 1992, Connick released 25, a solo piano collection of standards that again went platinum. He also re-released the album 11. Harry Connick, Jr., contributed "A Wink and a Smile" to the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack, released in 1993. His multi-platinum album of holiday songs, When My Heart Finds Christmas, was the best-selling Christmas album in 1993. Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 movie, directed by Nora Ephron, based on the book by Jeff Arch. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Flirtation with funk in the mid-1990s

In 1994, Harry Connick, Jr., decided to branch out, releasing She, an album of New Orleans funk that also went platinum. In addition, he released a song called "(I Could Only) Whisper Your Name" for the soundtrack of The Mask, starring Jim Carrey, which is his most successful single in the United States to date. He took his funk music on a tour of the United Kingdom in 1994, an effort that did not please all of his fans, who were expecting a jazz crooner. One fan who walked out said, "We expected Frank Sinatra but we got Motörhead instead." The music was actually more reminiscent of the Meters rather than Motörhead. Connick also took his funk music to the People's Republic of China in 1995, playing at the Shanghai Center Theatre. The performance was televised live in China for what became known as the Shanghai Gumbo special. // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... The Mask is a fictional comic book character created by Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley and Mike Badger (as the Masque in Dark Horse Presents #10, (1987)) and John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke (as the Mask in Mayhem #1, (1989)), appearing in comics published by Dark Horse Comics. ... Jim Carrey James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian/American actor and comedian. ... Phil, Mikkey and Lemmy Motörhead are a canonical British speed metal band. ... The Meters was a band that performed and recorded from the late 1960s until 1977. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shanghai (Chinese: 上海; pinyin: ; Shanghainese IPA: ), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is Chinas largest city. ... A bowl of shrimp gumbo Gumbo (from a Central Bantu word meaning okra) is a spicy, hearty stew or soup, found typically in the states on the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, and very common in the southern part of Louisiana. ...

Connick played a homicidal killer in his third film, Copycat (1995), which starred Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver. The next year, he released his second funk album, Star Turtle, which did not sell as well as previous albums, although it did reach No. 38 on the charts. However, he appeared in the most successful movie of that year, Independence Day (movie), with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958) is an American actress. ... Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949 in New York, New York) is an American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ripley in Alien (1979) and its sequels. ... Independence Day is an American action movie about an attempted alien takeover of the Earth. ... Will Smith Willard Christopher Smith II (born September 25, 1968) is an African American actor and rapper. ... Jeff Goldblum Jeffrey Lynn Jeff Goldblum was born October 22, 1952) in the Pittsburgh suburb of Whitaker, Pennsylvania. ...

Back to basics: return to jazz, 1999—current

For his 1997 release To See You, Connick recorded original love songs, touring the United States and Europe with a full symphony orchestra backing him and his piano in each city. As part of his tour, he played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, with his final concert of that tour in Paris being recorded for a St. Valentine's Day special on PBS in 1998. He also starred in Excess Baggage opposite Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Toro in 1997. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... County Oslo NO-03 Landscape Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Valentines Day postcard, c. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Alicia Silverstone (born October 4, 1976) is an American actress. ... Benicio del Toro Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sanchez (born February 19, 1967) is an actor. ...

In May 1998, he had his first leading role in a movie in Hope Floats, with Sandra Bullock as his female lead. He released Come By Me, his first album of big band music in eight years in 1999, and embarked on a world tour visiting the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. In addition, he provided the voice of Dean McCoppin in the animated film The Iron Giant in that year. Sandra Bullock on The Tonight Show in 2005. ... A big band, also known as a jazz orchestra, is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music, especially swing. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Promotional poster for The Iron Giant The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated science fiction film, written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Warner Bros. ...

Connick was involved in writing the soundtrack for a Susan Stoman's Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not, based on Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin, in 2000; it premiered in 2001. It was nominated for a Tony Award. He was also the narrator of the film My Dog Skip, released in that year. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... Thérèse Raquin book cover Thérèse Raquin is a novel by Émile Zola, first published in 1867. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater. ... My Dog Skip is a 2000 movie, directed by Jay Russell. ...

In March 2001, Connick starred in a television production of South Pacific with Glenn Close, televised on the ABC network. He also starred in his twelfth movie, Mickey, featuring a screenplay by John Grisham that same year. In October 2001, he again released two albums: Songs I Heard, featuring big band reworkings of children's show themes, and 30, featuring Connick on piano with guest appearances by several other musical artists. Songs I Heard won Connick another Grammy for best traditional pop album and he toured performing songs from the album, holding matinees at which each parent had to be accompanied by a child. South Pacific is a musical play with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II that opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, and ran for more than five years. ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American film and stage actress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... Grishams 2005 Novel The Broker John Grisham (born February 8, 1955) is a retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama. ...

Connick appeared as Grace Adler's boyfriend (and later husband) Leo Markus on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2004. In July 2003, Connick released his first instrumental album in fifteen years, Other Hours Connick on Piano Volume 1. It was released on Branford Marsalis's new label Marsalis Music and led to a short tour of nightclubs and small theaters. This is a list of the supporting - major and minor recurring - characters on the NBC situation comedy Will & Grace, with information on each of them. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American radio and television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Will & Grace is an American television situation comedy focusing on Will Truman, a gay attorney and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight woman who runs her own interior design firm. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) is an American jazz saxophonist. ...

Connick appeared in the film Basic with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. In October 2003, he released his second Christmas album, Harry for the Holidays, which went gold and reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He also had a television special on NBC featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Marc Anthony and Kim Burrell. Only You, his seventeenth album for Columbia Records, was released in February 2004. A collection of 1950s and 1960s ballads, Only You, went Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic and was certified gold in the United States in March 2004. Harry for the Holidays was certified platinum in November 2004. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actor of Irish and Italian ancestry. ... Samuel L. Jackson Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor. ... The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American radio and television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Sarafina movie poster featuring Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson, better known by her stage name, Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955 in Chelsea, Manhattan New York), is a well-known American movie actress, comedian, and singer. ... Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956) is a contemporary American actor of the stage and screen. ... Marc Anthony For the Roman general and statesman, see Mark Antony. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ...


  • Dixieland Plus (1977)
  • 11 (Harry Connick Jr. album) (1978)
  • Harry Connick Jr. (album) (1987)
  • 20 (album) (1988)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989 soundtrack)
  • We Are in Love (1990)
  • Lofty's Roach Souffle (1990)
  • Blue Light, Red Light (1991)
  • 25 (album) (1992)
  • When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993)
  • She (album) (1994)
  • Star Turtle (1995)
  • To See You (1997)
  • Come By Me (1999)
  • 30 (album) (2001)
  • Songs I Heard (2001)
  • Other Hours : Connick on Piano, Volume 1 (2003)
  • Harry for the Holidays (2003)
  • Only You (2004)
  • Occasion : Connick on Piano, Volume 2 (2005)

The gate under which Harry meets Sally in the film; located on the campus of the University of Chicago When Harry Met Sally. ...


The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress is a 1944 documentary film which documents the last (25th) bombing run of the B-17 bomber Memphis Belle. ... Little Man Tate is a 1991 motion picture that tells a story of a seven-year-old genius, Fred Tate, who has difficulty having friendship with peers. ... The term copycat (also written as copy-cat or copy cat) refers to the tendency of humans to duplicate the behavior of others, as expressed in the saying, monkey see, monkey do. ... Independence Day is an American action movie about an attempted alien takeover of the Earth. ... Promotional poster for The Iron Giant The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated science fiction film, written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Warner Bros. ... My Dog Skip is a 2000 movie, directed by Jay Russell. ... Movie poster for Basic Basic is a 2003 film directed by John McTiernan. ...

Other Works

  • Singin' and Swingin' (Video) (1990)
  • Swingin' Out Live (Video) (1990)
  • Cheers - TV show guest appearance (1991)
  • The New York Big Band Concert (Video) (1993)
  • The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special (1993) CBS
  • The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special (1994) (video)
  • Harry Connick Jr.: Romance in Paris (PBS Special) (1998)
  • The Worlds of Harry Connick Jr. (Bravo) (1999)
  • South Pacific (ABC) (2001)
  • Evening at Pops (PBS) (2001)
  • Thou Shalt Not (Broadway Musical) (2001)
  • Will & Grace (NBC 2002-2004)
  • Harry for the Holidays (NBC) (2003)
  • Only You: In Concert (PBS) (2004)

Cheers is the name of a long-running sitcom made by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. The show premiered on September 30, 1982 and had its widely-watched series finale on May 20, 1993, followed by a long and ongoing run in syndication. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major radio and television network in the United States. ...

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