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NEW YORK, 30 January 2007 — Columbia Records released today  "Oh, My NOLA," the new album of New Orleans-inspired music from Harry Connick, Jr. Also in stores today, Marsalis Music/Rounder Records' companion album of instrumentals by Connick's big band, "Chanson du Vieux Carré." In support of his two album releases, Connick will tour twenty-nine U.S. cities with his big band. Entitled,  My New Orleans, the tour kicks off in Boca Raton, Florida late next month.

"New Orleans is a city of paradox. Sin, salvation, sex, sanctification, so intertwined yet so separate. The blurred lines from the dark blue of Mardi Gras night to the periwinkle of Ash Wednesday morning," is the way Connick summarized the Crescent City in a statement to the press. "Jazz, gospel, brass band, rhythm and blues, country, funk aren't all the styles played in New Orleans," he emphasized. "But they're the ones I wanted to play around with."

In addition to three other orignal songs including the title track, "Oh, My NOLA" features "All These People," inspired by the suffering Connick witnessed when he visited New Orleans in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina. "The song is all about the people who were left stranded at the Convention Center, with the verses describing what I saw as I was taken through by a kind fellow I had met on the street earlier that day named Darryl." The track features Connick in duet with the gospel singer Kim Burrell.

My New Orleans Tour Dates

Feb 23    Boca Raton, FL        Mizner Park Amphitheatre 
Feb 24    Clearwater, FL            Ruth Eckerd Hall
Feb 25    Miami, FL                    Carnival Center - Knight Concert Hall
Feb 26    Orlando, FL                 Bob Carr Performing Arts Center 
Feb 27    Savannah, GA            Johnny Mercer Theater
Mar 1       Asheville, NC             Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Mar 2       North Charleston, SC N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
Mar 3       Columbia, SC            Township Auditorium 
Mar 4       Charlotte, NC             Ovens Auditorium
Mar 7        Atlanta, GA                Fox Theatre
Mar 8        Huntsville, AL            Von Braun Center Concert Hall
Mar 9        Birmingham, AL        BJCC Concert Hall
Mar 10     Knoxville, TN              Civic Auditorium
Mar 11      Louisville, KY             Palace Theatre
Mar 13      Nashville, TN             Tennessee PAC - Andrew Jackson Hall
Mar 14      Indianapolis, IN         Murat Theatre
Mar 15     Chicago, IL                Chicago Theatre
Mar 16     Chicago, IL                Chicago Theatre
Mar 17     St. Louis, MO            Fox Theatre 
Apr 4        Ames, IA                   Stephens Auditorium
Apr 5        Minneapolis, MN      The Orpheum Theatre
Apr 6        Milwaukee, WI           Milwaukee Theatre
Apr 7        South Bend, IN          Morris PAC
Apr 9        Cleveland, OH           Palace Theatre
Apr 11      Pittsburgh, PA           Benedum Center 
Apr 12      Toledo, OH                Stranahan Theatre
Apr 19       Providence, RI          PPAC
Apr 22       Rochester, NY           Auditorium Theatre
Apr 23       Schenectady, NY       Proctors Theatre
Apr 25       Boston, MA                Citi PAC / Wang Theatre

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