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Harry Connick Jr. set for Saturday concert at The Joint

November 14, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 14--With two albums released this year, Harry Connick Jr. made big expansions to his already large music catalogue.

The soulful singer, pianist, band leader and actor released "Smokey Mary" with influences from his native New Orleans and the more pop styles of "Every Man Should Know" this year.

The albums show both sides of Connick: his roots in New Orleans jazz and his vocal style akin to singers like Frank Sinatra.

His wide range of talent will come to the stage at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Saturday night.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is set to start at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $85 and are available at hardrockcasinotulsa.com, by phone at 918-384-ROCK or in person at The Joint box office, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa.

Connick couldn't help but take up music, with musically inclined parents in a town where music is everywhere. But his big break came when he was asked to do the soundtrack for the hit movie "When Harry Met Sally." Many of the songs were standards of the jazz and big band style. It got Connick his first Grammy.

The next year, Connick made his own film debut in "Memphis Belle," the 1990 film about a bomber crew in World War II. He has since acted in 20 movies, with another planned for release next year.

Connick has been a hit on the small screen, as well. He was in more than 20 episodes of "Will & Grace," had a recurring role on "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" and most recently was announced as a judge on the upcoming season of "American Idol."

But the release of the two albums this year has been all about Connick. Most of the songs were originals, with Connick focused on his roots and deep inward reflection.

Jerry Wofford 918-581-8346

jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

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