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Harry Connick, Jr.

Saturday, July 17, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison.

Harry Connick Jr. (right) began performing at the age of five. His accomplishments since then should inspire awe and envy in almost anyone. Training under luminaries like Ellis Marsalis and establishing himself first as a brilliant jazz pianist and arranger, the New Orleans native went on to earn acclaim as "the next Frank Sinatra" for his velvety vocal talents. He received his first Grammy at 22 for his work on the When Harry Met Sallysoundtrack. His film debut soon after revealed yet another budding talent inside this Renaissance man. Connick has been nominated for -- and taken home a few -- Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. Two years ago, he was even awarded a patent. But clear away the clutter of awards, his impossible hair, supermodel wife and that suave demeanor, and you'll find Connick's formidable musical contributions. In eighteen releases, Connick has deftly explored standards, bebop, New Orleans funk, Christmas carols and big-band classics. His songwriting prowess has allowed him to contribute original compositions that blend easily with pieces twice his age. Connick's latest release, Only You,showcases big-band, orchestra and trio arrangements of pop songs made famous in the '50s and '60s. From "Save the Last Dance for Me" to "I Only Have Eyes for You," the 36-year-old factotum breathes new life into well-worn material. With the latest additions to his songbook, Connick's current tour with his own big band promises an evening of wide-ranging musical entertainment.

 
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