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"Every Man Should Know"

August 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 29--Harry Connick Jr. to appear at the Fox Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for a performance by the multi-talented Harry Connick Jr. when he comes to St. Louis this fall. The Grammy award-winning singer, composer and actor will give a one night only performance at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Harry Connick Jr. got an early introduction to music growing up in the jazz-infused city of New Orleans. He burst onto the music scene when he featured on the soundtrack to the hit 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally." The film not only made Connick Jr. a household name, but it also gave him his first experience performing with a big band. It was a match made in music heaven and led Connick Jr. to form his own big band.

He also quickly established himself as a talented actor securing lead roles in the films "Hope Floats" with Sandra Bullock, "Copycat" with Sigourney Weaver, "Memphis Belle," "P.S. I Love You" with Hillary Swank and "New in Town" with Renee Zellweger to name just a few.

But always there is the music. Over the past two decades Connick Jr. has continued to show his skills as a singer, songwriter, composer, jazz pianist and bandleader. He has released numerous hit albums that include a wide range of styles from romantic standards to holiday classics and also his own original compositions. He also shared his talents with Broadway when he worked as the composer and lyricist for the musical "Thou Shalt Not," which garnered him a Tony nomination.

The upcoming Fox performance will see Harry Connick, Jr. and his band perform in support of his new album, "Every Man Should Know." This album includes a collection of 12 original songs that touch on some of Connick Jr.'s deepest feelings about life and love.

"No rules, no limits," is how Connick describes the songs in his liner notes for the new collection. "I don't recall ever reaching quite as deeply -- or confidently -- into my inhibition pool."

Press information about the album states: "The range of the album's songs is vast, touching upon love and loss, celebration and sorrow, tragedy and hope. With 'Every Man Should Know,' Harry Connick, Jr. triumphs once again, with a depth of feeling that signals another milestone for one of the music world's most multi-faceted artists."

Critics have been quick to agree with People Magazine calling it "impressive," and the Boston Globe saying the album features "his most thoughtful and personal songs to date" and says it's "an album that every Harry Connick Jr fan should own." The Chicago Tribune said, "Harry Connick Jr achieves a personal best" about his summer concert in Chicago.

Away from the spotlight, Connick Jr. has also dedicated himself to helping rebuild his hometown of New Orleans following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. He formed the organization Musicians Village along with his friend Branford Marsalis. The organization provides homes for displaced residents, according to information at www.harryconnickjr.com.

Tickets are now on sale for Harry Connick Jr.'s performance at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets start at $49.50 can be purchased at the Fox Box Office, online at metrotix.com or by calling (314) 534-1111.

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