My New Orleans Tour

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My New Orleans Tour
My New Orleans Tour 2007.jpg
Concert poster, April 5 at The Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the My New Orleans Tour
Tour by Harry Connick, Jr.
Start date February 23, 2007
End date March 20, 2008
Legs 4
Shows 74 in North America
17 in Europe
10 in South East Asia
5 in Australia
106 in Total
Harry Connick, Jr. concert chronology
My New Orleans Tour
(2007-2008)
A Holiday Celebration Tour
(2008)

The My New Orleans Tour was a 2007 concert tour by American singer, pianist, and actor Harry Connick, Jr. backed by his big band. The tour promoted his albums Oh, My NOLA (My New Orleans) and Chanson du Vieux Carré. The first concert of the tour was on February 23, 2007 at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, Florida. The first part of the tour took place in the USA and Canada. The second part of the tour was in Europe,[1] and in 2008 the tour came to Asia and Australia.

One of the dates was the closing act at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, on May 6, 2007.[2] Connick was also supposed to be part of a concert with clarinetist Alvin Batiste at the same festival, called "Marsalis Music honors Alvin Batiste & Bob French". However, Batiste died of an apparent heart attack only hours before he was to perform. The concert, that also included Branford Marsalis and Bob French, went on as planned, in memory of Alvin Batiste.[3]

At the Montreal Jazz Festival, on June 30, 2007, Connick received the Ella Fitzgerald Award, "in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a jazz singer renowned on the international scene."[4]

For the March 9, 2008 concert in Shanghai, China, an old set list had mistakenly been given to Chinese authorities when applying for permits to play in China. An hour before the concert, authorities showed up, and the old set list was found to contain songs that were considered inappropriate to perform, and a number of "safe" songs were added. Connick & co. revised the set list with current songs, but did not get approval. Connick's big band did not have the charts for the permitted songs on the old set list, so they often remained quiet through the concert. Connick issued a statement four days later, saying "Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to give my fans in China the show I intended." The issue that China had with Connick's setlist, was likely to stem from a March 2 concert with Björk, who dedicated a song to Tibet at the end of her performance.[5][6] (See Björk: "Declare Independence" live dedications)

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

[1]

Band member Dion Tucker proposed to his girlfriend, on stage during the concert on April 21, 2007, in Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York.[2]

Setlist (incomplete)[edit]

There are variations from concert to concert, and also a number of songs not named here, have been performed.

Songs performed most regularly, or quite often

Harry Connick Jr at the Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, Georgia February 27, 2007. (Lucien Barbarin and Harry Connick Jr to the left, Mark Braud to the right.)

Other performed songs (1 or several times)

Tour dates[edit]

[7][8]

North America (2007)[edit]

Europe (2007)[edit]

South East Asia (2008)[edit]

Australia (2008)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connor, Eric (June 18, 2007). "Connick brings it home". The Greenville News. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  2. ^ Connick Not Nevilles Closing Jazz Fest
  3. ^ Foster, Mary (May 2007). "New Orleans clarinetist Batiste dies". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ Montreal Jazz Festival Awards Recipients
  5. ^ "China Cracks Down on Connick?!". E!News. March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Connick Jr. concert restricted by China". NewsChannel 9 WSYR. 13 March 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Harry Connick, Jr.'s tour information". Harry Connick, Jr. official site. 2007. 
  8. ^ "Tour". Harry Connick, Jr. official site on Sony BMG. 2007. 
  9. ^ "Harry Connick, Jr. and his Big Band Concert Rescheduled to June 19". CCNMatthews. 2007. 
  10. ^ "Harry Connick, Jr. le 30 octobre 2007 - Paris - Le Rex". sazikadonf.com. June 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  11. ^ a b "Harry Connick Jr. announces Irish dates". Hotpress. June 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  12. ^ "Harry Connick Jr returns" ([dead link]5, 2008&as_yhi=January 5, 2008&btnG=Search Scholar search). New Straits Times Online. January 5, 2008. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  13. ^ "Feast of music". The Star Online eCentral. December 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  14. ^ a b "Tours". Marsalis Music. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  15. ^ Ah-young, Chung (January 7, 2008). "Harry Connick to Go on Stage". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  16. ^ "Harry Connick Jr. Live in Hong Kong". Hong Kong Entertainment Nightlife Clubbing Music Guide. January 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  17. ^ "Harry Connick Jr announces Australian tour!". Access All Areas.net.au. January 29, 2008. Archived from the original on January 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 

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