Saturday, July 25, 2015

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Six from Harry Connick Jr.

This week, let's check in via video with singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr., who will be performing in St. Louis this coming Tuesday, July 28 at the Peabody Opera House.

If you're enough of a jazz fan to have found your way here, you're likely already familiar with Connick, as he's among the most prominent of the relatively small number of jazz musicians who have crossed over to significant pop success in the last couple of decades. (If not, please consult his website, linked above, for the relevant biographical details.) Given that, and the fact that it's summer vacation time, let's skip any additional preamble and go straight to the videos.

Up top, you'll find a clip from Connick's recent stint as one of the celebrity judges on TV's American Idol, but thankfully, it's not one drawn from the ample supply of videos showing him schooling a clueless contestant. It's a straight-up performance, featuring Connick singing and playing "City Beneath the Sea," a song about New Orleans that he first recorded on his 1996 album Star Turtle.

After the jump, you can see the official music video for "One Fine Thing," which was the single released from Connick's most recent album, 2013's Every Man Should Know.

The next two clips are even farther removed from the commercial slickness of American Idol, as both were recorded during a visit Connick made in 2013 to the Agape House Fellowship Church in Bridgeport, CT.

These audience-shot videos, which to date have only a few thousand views each on YouTube, show Connick singing the gospel standards "The Old Rugged Cross" and "You Are My Sunshine." While the production values obviously are not professional quality, it's an interesting chance to see him in a different environment than usual.

Last but not least, we close out with two more videos showing Connick performing two more songs about New Orleans, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" and "Take Her To The Mardi Gras."

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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