HARRY CONNICK, JR. Biography - Musicians


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Name: Harry Connick, Jr.                                                         
Birth name: Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.                                     
Born: 11 September 1967 New Orleans, Louisiana                                   
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is an American singer, 
pianist, actor, and humanitarian. Connick's music encompasses jazz, some of it   
very much in the style of the crooners of the 1940s and early 1950s, funk and     
Connick, Jr. was born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. in New Orleans,           
Louisiana, the son of Anita, a judge, lawyer, and former Louisiana Supreme Court 
justice, and Harry Connick, Sr., who was the district attorney of New Orleans     
from 1977-2003, successfully running against Jim Garrison. His parents also       
owned a record store. Connick, Jr.'s mother, a native of New York City, was       
Jewish, and his father was of Irish Catholic background. Connick, Jr. has         
a sister, Suzanna. Connick's musical talents soon came to the fore when he       
learned the keyboards at the age of three, played publicly at age six and         
recorded with a local jazz band at 10. His musical talents were developed at the 
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis     
and James Booker.                                                                 
Connick attended Jesuit High School and Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He 
moved to New York City to study at Hunter College and the prestigious Manhattan   
School of Music, where a Columbia Records executive persuaded him to sign with   
that label. His first record for the label, Harry Connick Jr., was a mainly       
instrumental album of standards. He soon acquired a reputation in jazz because   
of extended stays at high-profile New York venues. His next album, 20, featured   
his vocals and added to this reputation.