Date: August 7, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall
Artist: Harry Connick Jr.
Opening Act(s): N/A
I was first introduced to Harry Connick, Jr. on the soundtrack of “When Harry Met Sally”. Who didn’t love his rendition of “It Had to Be You”? Harry joked about how there are a lot of people that don’t know him for music but rather as the guy that cheated on Grace. While he is a talented actor is an accomplished musician that started recording at age 10.
Harry Connick, Jr. talked to the audience periodically through the show. He noticed a woman in the audience that had glow in the dark shoes. She walked up to the stage and took off one of her shoes to show it to him. He also talked about the first time he played San Francisco and how he had gotten a terrible review. The reviewer had said his performance was terrible and that he looked funny. He has avoided reading reviews since then.
While this show took place at Davies Symphony Hall, the symphony did not perform with Harry Connick, Jr. He brought his own ‘big band’ to play with him. Throughout the performance he showcased several members of his band allowing them to let their talent shine. Each would come to the front of the stage to play their solos. Harry Connick, Jr. said that Davies Symphony Hall was an amazing hall, but too ‘fancy schmancy’ for him and his ‘white trash roots’.
The set list was predominantly jazz focused, which I admit is a genre I am not very familiar with. There was one song that I did not care for because it appeared to me that the piano was not in sync with the rest of the band, but it was probably suppose to sound that way. He did perform a couple of standards including “It Had to Be You” and “The Way You Look Tonight”. Harry stated that he felt “The Way You Look Tonight” was the most beautiful song he’s ever had the pleasure of singing. Harry Connick, Jr. closed out the show with a roaring rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In”.