Harry Connick, Jr.Jazz
Musicians often progress from artistic credibility to pop stardom in distinct phases, but Harry Connick Jr.’s delightfully confounding career trajectory has bucked that trend, to say the least. On the one hand a matinee idol famous for a hit Christmas album, his acting role on Will & Grace, and a smooth crooning style all too tempting to pigeonhole as Sinatra Lite, Connick has also gone on surprise forays into experimental neo-funk with hard-to-categorize albums such as 1994’s She. His 1996 follow-up, Star Turtle — a concept album that verged on the funk/soul equivalent of progressive rock and also featured a talking turtle with a demonically low voice — remains an astonishingly coherent document of a pop star taking chances. His recent eyebrow-raising comments as an American Idol guest judge provide a case in point: Even while courting the assembly line of mass consumption, Connick berated contestants for not knowing their jazz history. Recorded in Nashville, his latest album Every Man Should Know falls on the safer side of the Connick spectrum with overtones of countrypolitan — a term that Connick claims never to have heard.
Fri, Jul 12 | 8:00 PM
Fontanel Mansion + The Woods Amphitheater
$35.00 - $85.00