Harry Connick Jr announces new album, Broadway show

True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter album is available October

Harry Connick, Jr., the Grammy and Emmy winning and Tony nominated musician and actor, announces his forthcoming debut album on legendary Verve Records, his new label home. True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter is set for release this October. Connick also announces a brand-new Broadway show Harry Connick, Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter.

Focused exclusively on the songs of Cole Porter and his Great American Songbook, the sensational recording and show demonstrate Connick’s multitude of talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, breathing new life into popular tunes including “Anything Goes” and “You Do Something To Me.”

“This is the first time I’ve taken a deep dive into another artist’s repertoire, and Cole Porter was my No. 1 choice for the project” Connick shares.

Cole Porter’s body of work, composed primarily for Broadway and Hollywood, comprises one of the central chapters in the Great American Songbook. It is not surprising that Porter (1891-1964), who redefined what it meant to be the complete songwriter, would appeal to Harry Connick, Jr., whose success in several styles of music as well as film, theater and television has reshaped the notion of what it means to be the complete entertainer.

Connick’s effort in pulling together the album True Love was typically Herculean. After selecting the songs, and writing and orchestrating the arrangements, he assembled and conducted the orchestra which features his longtime touring band with additional horns and a full string section. The results showcase new depths in every area of Connick’s creativity, which soars to new heights in the Broadway show that he has conceived.

Celebrated worldwide for his multi-faceted talents as singer, pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, presenter and actor, Harry Connick, Jr. has been performing since he was nine years old. He emerged on the scene with a precocious command of jazz and popular music styles, having been trained by legendary pianists Ellis Marsalis and James Booker in his native New Orleans. He has sold over 30 million albums and has garnered ten No. 1 jazz albums in the US.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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