Harry Connick Jr.
By Chung Ah-young
This year, many music lovers might be elated with the big rush of high-profile musicians such as Celine Dion and Bjork performing here.
Now, American jazz musician Harry Connick Jr. is joining the rush to perform in Seoul on March 13, 10 years after he first held a concert here.
As one of the most popular jazz musicians, Connick gained popularity for his memorable numbers in film ``When Harry Met Sally'' (1989), starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
The soundtrack consists of several standards, including ``It Had to Be You,'' ``Let's Call the Whole Thing Off'' and ``Don't Get Around Much More.''
Also, ``A Wink and a Smile'' from ``Sleepless in Seattle,'' another romantic film, might be a good reminder of his music.
Connick won three prizes at the Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance for his songs on the soundtrack of ``When Harry Met Sally'' and ``We Are in Love'' in 1990 and 1991 respectively, and Best Traditional Pop Album with ``Songs I Heard'' in 2002.
Not only an acclaimed musician, Connick is also a well-rounded entertainer who has appeared in major films.
The multi-awarded singer debuted on screen in ``Memphis Belle'' (1990) and starred in ``Independence Day'' (1996) and ``Copycat'' (1995). Most recently, he has a role in ``P.S. I Love You'' (2008), a movie that is currently playing at the theaters in Korea.
Connick has released his latest album ``Oh, My Nola'' dedicated to victims of Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans, known as the home of jazz music and also his birthplace.
Superb at playing the piano and composing songs, he also excels in singing jazz numbers with his soft baritone vocals.
For the Seoul concert, he will bring his big band consisting of 12 members, according to Yellow Nine, a concert organizer.
Connick has just finished the European leg of his world tour and is now beginning the Asian tour.
The jazz artist will showcase his talent in swing, jazz and brass and rhythm sections, which were popular in 1930s-40s in the Seoul concert.
The concert will feature both traditional and contemporary jazz to help the audience easily enjoy the music even if they are unfamiliar with jazz.
The concert will be held at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul at 8:30 p.m., March 13.
Tickets cost from 50,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3444-9969.