Harry Connick, Jr.
American musician
Harry Connick, Jr.
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. is an American singer, big-band leader/conductor, pianist, actor, and composer. He has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.
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Freestyling Harry Connick Jr. makes talk show history
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Shoots 'Harry' using smart phones
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Frank Ocean's Mom Wants Anti-Gay Singer Cut From Her Son's Album
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Frank Ocean’s mom, Katonya Breaux, has no time for blatant homophobia.  Breaux didn’t mince words when it came to Kim Burrell, the gospel singer who made headlines in recent days when a video in which she made blatantly anti-gay comments in a church sermon surfaced Dec. 30. Burrell, who has performed with artists like Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliott and Harry Connick Jr., is featured on “Godspeed,” a song on Ocean’s 2016 album, “Blonde.” But if Breaux were to have her way, that wouldn’t be the case for long. On New Year’s Day, the LGBTQ icon’s mom offered a cheeky, but pointed, suggestion on Twitter:  Me: Son, can we crop Kim Burrells voice out of your song?? — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 She continued:  I mean damn. Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate pisses me off. Opportunistic &?%#€!! — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 Burrell, who is also a pastor at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, has ...
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Harry Connick Jr. brings the party to daytime TV
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In the Foxlight with the entertainer
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Jason Sudeikis Says Olivia Wilde Almost Gave Birth At A Beyoncé Concert
Huffington Post - 4 months
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcomed their second child, a girl named Daisy, last week. Though their little one was delivered in an Upper East Side hospital, things almost didn’t turn out that way.  During an appearance on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show Friday, Sudeikis revealed that the two were in a car on their way to a Beyoncé concert when Daisy figured she wanted to make an appearance.  “We were in line to get in the Lincoln Tunnel and there was an accident in there,” the actor said. “Everything was gummed up, so it was going to take us like an hour to get through the tunnel, and we would have been a half hour late to the concert, which would have been a bummer because we would miss all the choreography and fireworks.” Another kind of fireworks started when Wilde began to have contractions and the two high-tailed it out of the tunnel.  “I don’t know if it was the pressure, if it was the traffic, or the fact that we were going to be late. It was just bad in the bac ...
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Oddly, Harry Connick Jr. Seems a Little Nervous With the First Few Notes of New Talk Show
Huffington Post - 5 months
Harry Connick Jr. has spent most of his life in show biz, which didn't entirely prevent some opening-day jitters on his new daytime talk show Harry. The daily program kicked off Monday at 4 p.m. ET, with Sandra Bullock, a set so bright it almost required sunglasses and an audience that was about 97% women. The audience demos and Bullock were no problem. The set might want a little attention at some point, since at times it seemed to swallow Harry. Between the almost day-glo backdrop and the gleaming white of the furniture and the piano, the set sometimes felt like it should be co-headlining. Connick over the years has earned those adoring female fans. Besides enormous musical talent, he has a natural charm, an easy-going smile and a disarming aw-shucks style, thanks no doubt to his native New Orleans. On Day One of Harry, however, he often looked and sounded a little stiff and awkward. That's hardly unprecedented in the talk-show game, but it was noticeable with Conni ...
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Harry Connick Jr. says his new talk show could be 'the most fulfilling thing I've ever done'
LATimes - 5 months
Harry Connick Jr. has a lot of fans. They just may not all be fans of the same person. The New Orleans native has both performed on and composed for Broadway (“The Pajama Game,” “Thou Shalt Not”). He’s appeared in a wide range of films — from “Dolphin Tale” to  “Independence Day” original flavor...
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Harry Connick Jr. takes aim at daytime
Fox News - 6 months
Will host new talk show 'Harry'
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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gene Wilder With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - 6 months
Following the news of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday, celebrities came together online to remember the late star.  Harry Connick Jr., Mel Brooks and Tony Goldwyn, among many others, took to Twitter to share touching notes about the screen icon, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and his work in Mel Brooks comedies like “Blazing Saddles.”  Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship. — Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016 so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder... such an incredible man... i'll miss you ❤️ — Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016 Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zK0v4d70gh — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016 RIP # ...
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Harry Connick Jr. heads to daytime TV
Fox News - 7 months
Connick Jr. told reporters the new show feels right.
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Trent Harmon Is The 15th And Final 'American Idol'
Huffington Post - 11 months
After 15 seasons, "American Idol"  has come to an end.  But the series finale was nothing short of spectacular as previous winners, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Fantasia Barrino, David Cook, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks and more, returned to perform one last time on the "Idol" stage. The original judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, also made a memorable appearance alongside host Ryan Seacrest with Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban looking on as they all said farewell. (Former co-host Brian Dunkleman even showed up!)  Most importantly, though, the singing competition show crowned its final winner. Seacrest named Trent Harmon as the 2016 "American Idol," with La'Porsha Renae coming in second place. Third-place finisher Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated during Wednesday night's show. via GIPHY It seemed like the viewers' choice was somewhat surprising for the judges, as Connick Jr. turned to ...
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The end of 'American Idol' ripples through pop music, affecting artists, musicians - and even the judges
Chicago Times - 11 months
When the three judges of "American Idol" walked onstage for the production's last show ahead of the grand finale that kicks off Wednesday night, they all spent a little longer than usual shaking hands in the front row before taking their seats. If Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr....
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'American Idol' recap: The Top 4 (and others) take the stage
LATimes - 11 months
“American Idol” is winding down to its series finale, which is only two weeks away. Ryan Seacrest seems to be working on his post-show beard. The judges are getting a bit summer-break giddy (especially Harry Connick Jr., who tried to get Jennifer Lopez to say the Spanish word for “swampy” all sexy...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harry Connick, Jr.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    On September 3, 2013, the officials of American Idol officially announced that Connick would be a part of the judging panel for season 13 alongside former judge Jennifer Lopez and returning judge Keith Urban.
    More Details Hide Details The following musicians have toured as the Harry Connick, Jr., Big Band since its inception in 1990: Connick, a New Orleans native, is a founder of the Krewe of Orpheus, a music-based New Orleans krewe, taking its name from Orpheus of classical mythology. The Krewe of Orpheus parades on St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street in New Orleans on Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) — the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). On September 2, 2005, Harry Connick, Jr., helped to organize, and appeared in, the NBC-sponsored live telethon concert, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, for relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He spent several days touring the city to draw attention to the plight of citizens stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other places. At the concert he paired with host Matt Lauer, and entertainers including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kanye West, Mike Myers, and John Goodman.
    Connick debuted the title track live on the May 2, 2013 episode of American Idol and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the following week to discuss his new project.
    More Details Hide Details A 2013 US summer tour was announced in support of the album. Connick returned to American Idol to mentor the top four of season 12. He performed "Every Man Should Know" on the results show the following night.
    On June 11, 2013, Connick released a new album of all original music titled Every Man Should Know.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    On January 6, 2012, NBC president Robert Greenblatt announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that Harry Connick Junior had been cast in a four-episode arc of NBC's long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as new Executive ADA, David Haden, a dedicated, straight-shooting prosecutor who is assigned a case with Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    Connick appeared on the May 4, 2010 episode of American Idol season 9, where he acted as a mentor for the top 5 finalists.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared again the next night on May 5 to perform "And I Love Her".
  • 2009
    Age 41
    Connick's album Your Songs was released on CD, September 22, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to Connick's previous albums, this album is a collaboration with a record company producer, the multiple Grammy Award winning music executive Clive Davis. Connick starred in the Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, which opened at the St. James Theatre in November 2011 in previews.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    His third Christmas album, What a Night!, was released in November 2008.
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    He had the starring role of Dr. Dennis Slamon in the 2008 Lifetime TV film Living Proof.
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    He was also the featured singer at the Concert of Hope immediately preceding Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at Yankee Stadium in April 2008.
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    Connick did the arrangements for, wrote a couple of songs, and sang a duet on Kelli O'Hara's album that was released in May 2008.
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    The film New in Town starring Connick and Renée Zellweger, began filming in January 2008, and was released in January 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 39
    Connick toured North America and Europe in 2007, and toured Asia and Australia in 2008, as part of his My New Orleans Tour.
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    A third album in the Connick on Piano series, Chanson du Vieux Carré was released in 2007, and Connick received two Grammy nominations for the track "Ash Wednesday", for the Grammy awards in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Chanson du Vieux Carré was released simultaneously with the album Oh, My NOLA.
    He appeared in the film P.S. I Love You, released in December 2007.
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    He sat in on piano on Bob French's 2007 album Marsalis Music Honors Series: Bob French.
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    He was part of the documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, released in November 2007.
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    He hosted The Weather Channel's mini series 100 Biggest Weather Moments which aired in 2007.
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    Additionally, he played the violent ex-husband in Bug, before two romantic comedies, 2007's P.S. I Love You, and the leading man in New in Town with Renée Zellweger in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, he appeared in the family film Dolphin Tale as Dr. Clay Haskett and in the 2014 sequel, Dolphin Tale 2. Harry Connick, Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother, Anita Frances (née Levy; later Livingston; May 22, 1926 – July 1981), was a lawyer and judge in New Orleans and, later, a Louisiana Supreme Court justice.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    He starred in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game, produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, along with Michael McKean and Kelli O'Hara, at the American Airlines Theatre in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details It ran from February 23 to June 17, 2006, including five benefit performances running from June 13 to June 17. The Pajama Game cast recording was nominated for a Grammy, after being released as part of Connick's double disc album Harry on Broadway, Act I.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    Another album from Marsalis Music was recorded in 2005, Occasion: Connick on Piano, Volume 2, a duo album with Harry Connick, Jr. on piano together with Branford Marsalis on saxophone.
    More Details Hide Details A music DVD, A Duo Occasion, was filmed at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival 2005 in Canada, and released in November 2005.
    An animated holiday special, The Happy Elf, aired on NBC in December 2005, with Connick as the composer, the narrator, and one of the executive producers.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, it was released on DVD. The holiday special was based on his original song The Happy Elf, from his 2003 album Harry for the Holidays.
    Bug, a film directed by William Friedkin, is a psychological thriller filmed in 2005, starring Connick, Ashley Judd, and Michael Shannon.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released in 2007.
    He appeared in another episode of NBC sitcom Will & Grace in November 2005, and appeared in an additional three episodes in 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    A music DVD Harry Connick Jr. — "Only You" in Concert was released in March 2004, after it had first aired as a Great Performances special on PBS.
    More Details Hide Details The special won him an Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction. The DVD received a Gold & Platinum Music Video — Long Form awards from the RIAA in November 2005.
    Only You, his seventeenth album for Columbia Records, was released in February 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The Only You tour with big band went on in America, Australia and a short trip to Asia. Harry for the Holidays was certified platinum in November 2004.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In October 2003, he released his second Christmas album, Harry for the Holidays, which went gold and reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a television special on NBC featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Marc Anthony and Kim Burrell.
    In July 2003, Connick released his first instrumental album in fifteen years, Other Hours Connick on Piano Volume 1.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on Branford Marsalis' new label Marsalis Music and led to a short tour of nightclubs and small theaters. Connick appeared in the film Basic.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    Connick appeared as Grace Adler's boyfriend (and later husband) Leo Markus on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006.
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    In 2002, he received a for a "system and method for coordinating music display among players in an orchestra."
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  • 2001
    Age 33
    In October 2001, he again released two albums: Songs I Heard, featuring big band re-workings of children's show themes, and 30, featuring Connick on piano with guest appearances by several other musical artists.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In March 2001, Connick starred in a television production of South Pacific with Glenn Close, televised on the ABC network.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in his twelfth movie, Mickey, featuring a screenplay by John Grisham that same year.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    Connick wrote the score for Susan Stroman's Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not, based on Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin, in 2000; it premiered in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details His music and lyrics earned a Tony Award nomination. He was also the narrator of the film My Dog Skip, released in that year.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he provided the voice of Dean McCoppin in the animated film The Iron Giant.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    In May 1998, he had his first leading role in director Forest Whitaker's Hope Floats, with Sandra Bullock as his female lead.
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  • 1997
    Age 29
    He also continued his film career, starring in Excess Baggage opposite Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Toro in 1997.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Valentine's Day special on PBS in 1998.
  • 1996
    Age 28
    However, he appeared in the most successful movie of 1996, Independence Day, with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.
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  • 1995
    Age 27
    Connick also took his funk music to the People's Republic of China in 1995, playing at the Shanghai Center Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was televised live in China for what became known as the Shanghai Gumbo special. In his third film Copycat, Connick played a serial killer. Released in 1995, Copycat also starred Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver. The following 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.
    He played a serial killer in Copycat in 1995, before being cast as jet fighter pilot in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day.
    More Details Hide Details Connick's first role as a leading man was in 1998's Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock. His first thriller film since Copycat came in 2003 in the film Basic with John Travolta.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    On April 16, 1994, Connick Jr. married former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, originally from Texas, at the St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Jill is the daughter of sculptor Glenna Goodacre, originally from Lubbock and now Santa Fe, New Mexico. The song "Jill", on the album Blue Light, Red Light (1991) is about her. They have three daughters: Georgia Tatum (born April 17, 1996), Sarah Kate (September 12, 1997), and Charlotte (born June 26, 2002). The family currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut and New York City. Connick is a practicing Roman Catholic. Connick Jr. is a supporter of hometown NFL franchise New Orleans Saints. He was caught on camera at the Super Bowl XLIV, which the Saints won, in Miami by the filming crew of The Ellen DeGeneres Show during the post-game celebrations. Ellen's mother Betty was on the sidelines watching the festivities when she spotted Connick Jr. in the stands sporting a Drew Brees jersey.
    Connick took his funk music on a tour of the United Kingdom in 1994, an effort that did not please some of his fans, who were expecting a jazz crooner.
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    In 1994, Connick decided to branch out.
    More Details Hide Details He released 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.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    His multi-platinum album of holiday songs, When My Heart Finds Christmas, was the best-selling Christmas album in 1993.
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    Connick contributed "A Wink and a Smile" to the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack, released in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    In November 1992, Connick released 25, a solo piano collection of standards that again went platinum.
    More Details Hide Details He also re-released the album Eleven.
  • 1991
    Age 23
    Also in October 1991 he starred in Little Man Tate, directed by Jodie Foster, playing the friend of a child prodigy who goes to college.
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    In October 1991 he released his third consecutive multi-platinum album, Blue Light, Red Light, on which he wrote and arranged the songs.
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    "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.
    More Details Hide Details In a year of recognition, he was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Performance in a Variety Special for his PBS special Swingin' Out Live, which was also released as a video.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    In addition he released two albums in July 1990: the instrumental jazz trio album Lofty's Roach Souffle and a big-band album of mostly original songs titled We Are in Love, which also went double platinum.
    More Details Hide Details We Are in Love earned him his second consecutive Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal.
  • 1989
    Age 21
    With Connick's reputation growing, director Rob Reiner asked him to provide a soundtrack for his 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance for his work on the soundtrack. Connick made his screen debut in Memphis Belle (1990), about a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crew in World War II. In that year he began a two-year world tour.
  • 1973
    Age 5
    His father, Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Sr., was the district attorney of Orleans Parish from 1973–2003.
    More Details Hide Details His parents also owned a record store. Connick's father is a Catholic of Irish, English, and German ancestry. Connick's mother, who died from ovarian cancer, was Jewish (her parents had immigrated from Minsk and Vienna, respectively). Connick has a sister, Suzanna; the siblings were raised in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans. Connick is a first cousin of both Jefferson Parish District Attorney, Paul Connick, and State Representative Patrick Connick (of Harvey, Jefferson Parish). Connick's musical talents soon came to the fore when he started learning the keyboards at age three, playing publicly at age five, and recording with a local jazz band at ten. When Connick was nine years old, he performed the Piano Concerto No. 3 Opus 37 of Beethoven with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra (now the Louisiana Philharmonic), and later played a duet with Eubie Blake at the Royal Orleans Esplanade Lounge in New Orleans. The song was "I'm Just Wild About Harry". This was recorded for a Japanese documentary called Jazz Around the World. The clip was also shown in a Bravo special, called Worlds of Harry Connick, Junior. in 1999. His musical talents were developed at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and James Booker.
  • 1967
    Born on September 11, 1967.
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