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Connick, Jr., Harry

Connick, Jr., Harry, pianist, singer; b. New Orleans, LA, 11 September 1967. Harry Connick's parents are lawyers who co-owned a New Orleans record store and encouraged their son's musical interests. He first touched a piano at age 3, and by 6 was good enough to play at his father's swearing-in ceremony as city district attorney. Before age 10, Connick made his debut with a jazz band, and while working clubs in the French Quarter, he studied piano with Ellis Marsalis and James Booker.

He moved to New York at age 18 to study at Hunter College and later at the Manhattan School of Music. Connick signed with Columbia Records and recorded his self-titled debut album in one session at age 19. His next effort added Connick's vocals to the mix, Director Rob Reiner asked Connick to work on the score to his 1989 film, "When Harry Met Sally," which included several warm standards. The film's success led to Connick's first multi-platinum album.

Movie star, too, Connick appeared in Jodie Foster's 1991 film "Little Man Tate," co-starred with Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver in "Copycat," and appeared in the 1996 box office champion "Independence Day." He also co-starred with Alicia Silverstone in "Excess Baggage," and appeared in "Hope Floats," opposite Sandra Bullock. Harry Connick Jr. is the voice of beatnik artist Dean in the animated film "Iron Giant."  His small-screen triumphs include the ABC production of South Pacific and his recurring role on NBC's Will & Grace.

He's had album sales of over 20 million, three Grammy® awards and nominations for Tony Awards®, Emmy, Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Cable Ace Awards. He has made numerous appearances on TV late night shows.

Connick and his wife, former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, have two daughters.

Recordings:
Harry Connick Jr. (1987); 20 (1988); When Harry Met Sally... Music From The Motion Picture (1989); Lofty's Roach Souffle (1990); We Are In Love (1990); Blue Light, Red Light (1991); "25" (1992); Eleven (1992); When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993); She (1994); Star Turtle (1996); To See You (1997); Come By Me (1999); Songs I Heard (2001); 30 (2001); Harry For The Holidays (2003); Only You (2004)

Videos:
When My Heart Finds Christmas (1994); The New York Big Band Concert (1999); Only You In Concert (2004)

Bibliography:
Bob Young: Harry Connick Jr., in: Jazziz (Feb/Mar.1988)
Leslie Gourse: Profile. Harry Connick Jr., in: Down Beat (Apr.1988)
Becca Pulliam: "Lazy River," as played by Harry Connick, Jr., in: The Piano Stylist & Jazz Workshop, Apr/May 1989 (transcribed solo)
Michael Bourne: When Harry Met Stardom, in: Down Beat (Mar.1990)
Chip Deffaa: He's Hip, He's Hop, He's Harry, in: Jazz Times, Apr.1990
Hank Bordowitz: New! Orleans. Crescent City locals hear the distant thunder, in: Jazziz (Oct/Nov.1990) (with Connick, Ellis Marsalis, George Davis)
Mark Holston: Standards, Volume II, in: Jazziz (Dec/Jan.1990/91), (with George Benson, Connick, Ernestine Anderson)
John McDonough: Harry Connick Jr. Monk? Sinatra? Think Cab Calloway, in: Down Beat (Jan.1993)
Frederic Goaty & Stephane Ollivier: Harry Connick Jr. Blindfold Test. in: Jazz Magazine (Nov.1993)
Jeroen de Valk: De koppijn van Harry Connick Jr. Waarom, Waroom, Waroom?, in: Jazz Nu (Dec.1997)

Contact information:
www.hconnickjr.com/

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