What a Night! A Christmas Album

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What a Night!
A Christmas Album
What a Night! A Christmas Album (Harry Connick, Jr.).jpg
Studio album by Harry Connick Jr.
Released United States November 4, 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Jazz, Christmas
Label Sony/Columbia (U.S.)
Producer Tracey Freeman
Harry Connick Jr. chronology
(2007)Oh, My NOLA2007
What a Night! A Christmas Album
Your Songs
(2009)Your Songs2009
Harry Connick Jr.
Christmas albums chronology
Harry for the Holidays
(2003) Harry for the Holidays2003
What a Night! A Christmas Album
(2008) What a Night! A Christmas Album2008
Singles from What a Night! A Christmas Album
  1. "Song for the Hopeful"
    Released: October 7, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Metromix 2.5/5 stars[2]
Windsor Star 3/5 stars[3]
Mercury News (Favorable)[4]
Eye Weekly 4/5 stars[5]

What a Night! A Christmas Album, by American singer, pianist and bandleader Harry Connick Jr., was released on November 4, 2008.,[6] being his third Christmas album, since 1993's When My Heart Finds Christmas and 2003's Harry for the Holidays. The album consists of new recordings of Christmas classics, and new songs written by Connick.[7]

The first public mentioning of recording the album, came in an interview in The Times-Picayune in June 2008.[8]

The album was first called Christmas Day, but the title was changed in September 2008, to What a Night! A Christmas Album.

The track "Song for the Hopeful", is a duet with Kim Burrell. The song was written by Connick for the 2008 television film Living Proof.[9] Burell is also featured on "Let There Be Peace On Earth".

Connick has three daughters with his wife Jill Goodacre, and their middle daughter Sarah Kate, sings a duet with him on the track "Winter Wonderland".[10]

When the track list was first announced, the songs "Christmas Time is Here" and "Trinity", was part of the album. In early October, those two tracks were replaced with two new tracks: "Christmas Day", and an instrumental version of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy".[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Edward Pola, George Wyle) – 3:28
  2. "What a Night!" (Harry Connick Jr.) – 3:24
  3. "Christmas Day" (Connick) – 3:24
  4. "Holly Jolly Christmas" (Johnny Marks) – 4:05
  5. "Please Come Home for Christmas" (Charles Brown, Gene Redd) – 4:26
  6. "O Come All Ye Faithful" (traditional) – 4:15
  7. "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairies" (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) – 2:46
  8. "Let There Be Peace On Earth" (Sy Miller, Jill Jackson) – 3:30 – feat. Kim Burrell
  9. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 3:50 – feat. Sarah Kate Connick
  10. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Meredith Willson) – 3:30
  11. "Santariffic" (Connick) – 3:58 – feat. Lucien Barbarin
  12. "Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont) – 5:28
  13. "Zat You Santa Claus" (Jack Fox) – 3:40
  14. "We Three Kings" (Reverend John Henry Hopkins Jr.) – 4:45
  15. "Song for the Hopeful" (Connick) – 4:35 – feat. Kim Burrell

iTunes bonus track[edit]

  1. "Auld Lang Syne" (traditional) – 2:16 (album only)
  2. Digital Booklet (album only)

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Version[edit]

  1. "Deck the Halls" (traditional) – 2:57
  2. "Christmas Time is Here" (Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson) – 5:06
  3. "O Christmas Tree" (traditional) – 3:22
Disc 2 (DVD)
  1. Holiday interview with Harry
  2. Photo gallery
  3. "(It Must Have Been) Ol’ Santa Claus" [*]
  4. "I Pray on Christmas" [*]
  5. "The Happy Elf" * [*]

^ [*] also found on the Harry for the Holidays DVD


Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 20
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums[12] 5


Arrangement by Harry Connick Jr.


A Holiday Celebration Tour
Tour by Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. concert chronology

A Holiday Celebration Tour 2008, is a concert tour with his big band to support the album. The tour was confirmed by the official Harry Connick, Jr. website in September 2008.

One of their stops included the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
November 18, 2008 Louisville, Kentucky United States Palace Theatre[13]
November 19, 2008 Cincinnati, Ohio United States Taft Theatre[13]
November 20, 2008 Columbus, Ohio United States Ohio Theatre[13]
November 21, 2008 Charleston, West Virginia United States Clay Center[13]
November 22, 2008 Cleveland, Ohio United States State Theatre[13]
November 28, 2008 New York, New York United States City Center Theatre[13]
November 29, 2008
December 4, 2008 Newark, New Jersey United States New Jersey Performing Arts Center[13]
December 5, 2008 Atlantic City, New Jersey United States Borgata Event Center[13]
December 7, 2008 St. Louis, Missouri United States Fox Theatre[13]
December 9, 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota United States Orpheum Theatre[13]
December 10, 2008 Chicago, Illinois United States Chicago Theatre[13]
December 11, 2008
December 12, 2008 Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States Riverside Theater[13]
December 14, 2008 Nashville, Tennessee United States Ryman Auditorium[13]
December 16, 2008 Atlanta, Georgia United States Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre[13]
December 17, 2008 Durham, North Carolina United States Durham Performing Arts Center[13]
December 19, 2008 Boston, Massachusetts United States Colonial Theatre[13]
December 20, 2008
December 21, 2008


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