I’ve always considered Harry Connick, Jr. to be what you would play when you wanted something to hear but not necessarily listen to. His performance proved him to be the opposite. Although this particular tour was in support of his newest album, which focuses on his vocal abilities, Connick spent two hours showcasing the full range of his talent. The accomplished arranger, pianist, and vocalist was accompanied by a 14-piece assembly of strings, horns, and percussionists. Songs throughout the evening ranged from classic crooner standards such as "The Way You Look Tonight" and "All the Way," to up-tempo New Orleans jazz numbers that at times felt like the audience was observing a jam session unfold.
Connick demonstrated a relaxed, cool stage presence, weaving personal anecdotes with the occasional background of the songs performed. A moment of note was his handling of an older woman who had partaken of the Copley beverage services offered in the lobby. Connick kindly accommodated the woman's need to share her love of "Nawleens" while coyly poking fun at her in front of the audience.
He was also kind enough to appear long after the show to a line of fans awaiting autographs and handshakes. He requested nobody take pictures and only one autograph per couple, which was the only disappointment that evening.
- Concert: Harry Connick, Jr.
- Show date: January 28
- Venue: Copley Symphony Hall
- Seats: RC Main, Row V