buttonHarry Connick Jr. & His Big Band
@ Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul (13th Mar '08)

Next Stop: New Orleans

Harry Connick Jr.      On his current tour, modern day jazz icon Harry Connick Jr. celebrates the rich culture and musical history of his hometown, New Orleans. Appropriately titled "My New Orleans Tour," Connick Jr. shared a fantastic selection of songs from the famed city with a capacity crowd at Seoul's stunning Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

      A massive grand piano positioned in front of a large curtain greeted patrons as they filed into the spacious theatre. Shortly after 8 p.m., the lights dimmed and the curtain rose to reveal a stand-up bassist, drummer and nine-piece brass section. Connick Jr. appeared and counted the band in for Hughie Cannon-penned set-opener "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" before taking a seat behind his piano. He continued to tickle the ivories during an upbeat cover of "Working In A Coal Mine," but it was during "Hello Dolly" that his charisma truly was able to shine. Standing up mid-track, he walked to the very front of the stage and literally teetered along its edge while serenading lucky audience members in the first row.

      If for some absurd reason someone wasn't won over by the talent showcased by Connick Jr. and his proficient backing band during the first three songs they were definitely smitten after he paused to speak with the crowd. Greeting everyone in Korean, which earned him a thunderous applause, he recalled a teenage crush on a Korean piano player and knew after meeting such a beautiful woman that he wanted to come to Korea. Very down to earth and personable, he went on to tell about his Korean BBQ dinner and joked about eating too much kimchi as the audience laughed along.

      The Sejong Center's wonderful acoustics complemented the soothing sounds of jazz and swing that filled the performance area. Connick Jr. instructed everyone early on to "sit back and relax" and that's exactly what most did as they nodded and occasionally clapped along to the music. Taking place on the eve of White Day (the follow-up to Valentine's Day in some Asian countries) more than a few couples snuggled up together during romantic numbers such as "You Made Me Love You" and "When I Fall In Love."

Harry Connick Jr.      Despite countless highlights, "Basin St. Blues," from 1988's 20 disc, easily stood out as the evening's best. After interviewing his daughters about Namdaemun Market and the potency of Korea's garlic, Connick Jr. invited trombonist Lucien Barbarin out to guest on the track. Modifying the lyrics to include references to kimchi, Connick Jr. got everyone clapping before Barbarin wowed them with a solo. Connick Jr. began dancing while his friend played. Unable to resist, Barbarin put his trombone on top of the piano and joined him as trumpet player Mark Braud came up front to solo. Barbarin and Connick Jr. soon had the crowd in stitches as they locked hands and slowly waltzed from one end of the stage to the other. Breaking apart, Barbarin picked up a microphone and finished the fun number with his fantastic, soulful singing.

      As New Orleans continues to rebuild after the mass devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Connick Jr.'s highly entertaining performance of the city's contemporary and classic jazz numbers reminded all of what makes it so special. Had there been a travel agent set up in the lobby, you be certain that more than a few satisfied customers would have eagerly booked flights to Louisiana at the concert's end.

      Kudos to promoter Yellow 9 for their continued efforts to showcase top-notch foreign talent in Seoul. In addition to Connick Jr., in the last six months they've brought over a diverse range of artists that includes Smashing Mag faves Ozomatli, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Bjork, and pop superstar Celine Dion. This summer they'll again be organizing The Pentaport Rock Festival, South Korea's premier music event.

-- setlist --

Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?/ Working In A Coal Mine/ Hello Dolly/ Jambalaya/ Medley: Iko Iko - Big Chief - Yes We Can/ Let Them Talk/ You Made Me Love You/ Basin St. Blues/ Didn't He Ramble/ Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?/ Bourbon St. Parade/ When I Fall In Love/ Come By Me/ Mardi Gras In New Orleans/ It Had To Be You
Harry Connick Jr.

report by shawn and photos by Eshe & shawn

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