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Editors’ Notes

Gifted pianist, singer, and arranger Harry Connick, Jr. is a New Orleans native and Oh, My Nola honors his beloved hometown and the horrors it has experienced since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Though there are plenty of poignant moments here, overall Connick chooses to celebrate his city and the irrepressible joy it represents by performing a dozen covers that showcase several musical styles associated with New Orleans, including stride piano, Cajun, big band jazz, pop standards, and R&B. He includes songs by such Crescent City luminaries as Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint, and works some spectacular and unexpected magic on the classics “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?,” “Elijah Rock,” and “Hello Dolly.” Connick also contributes four moving originals that express his sorrow and frustration in a most poetic and personal way; in particular, “All These People” and the title track are superb, and they effectively capture the despair and sadness, as well as a sense of camaraderie, brought about by the hurricane. And as one would expect the music is first-rate — funky, loose, and swinging throughout — making this a heartfelt tribute to the city and its people.

Customer Reviews

I've been waiting for this since "She" and "Star Turtle"!

Once again Harry has produced a stellar collection of tunes with the very essence of being in the French Quarter in New Orleans. I love the standards and Christmas cd's but this is where he really shines in my opinion and the song "all these people" in reference to hurricane katrina is very vivid. Great musicians, great song writing, stripped down and in the pocket!....wish it was a double album!

Classic Harry Connick, Jr. through and through!

I had been looking for this on iTunes for the last day or so after seeing the CD in a store. I found it tonight and downloaded it immediately. I am a huge HCJ fan and have nearly every recording of his. When I saw this CD about his hometown of NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) I knew it would be something I'd want. Keep playing and singing, Harry. I think of NOLA with every cut and remember my first visit to the 'crescent city.'

HCJ does it again

He is amazing! His voice is so clean and clear...I have loved him for years and this cd is wonderful! His voice is an incredible gift and so is his kindness. All of the work and money he has given is unreal...he has a great heart and soul and pours it in to his loves...his music, his family, and his New Orleans!

Biography

Born: September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With very few exceptions, the career of Harry Connick, Jr., can be divided in half — his first two albums encompassed straight-ahead New Orleans jazz and stride piano while his later career (which paralleled his rising celebrity status) alternated between more contemporary New Orleans music and pop vocals with a debt to Frank Sinatra. Born in New Orleans on September 11, 1967, Connick grew up the son of two lawyers who owned a record store. After beginning on keyboards at the age of three,...
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