Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is an American singer, pianist, composer, actor, and humanitarian. Connick’s music encompasses jazz, some of it very much in the style of the crooners of the 1940s and early 1950s, funk and blues. Biography
Early life Connick, Jr. was born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Anita, a judge, lawyer, and former Louisiana Supreme Court justice, and Harry Connick, Sr., who was the district attorney of New Orleans from 1977-2003, successfully running against Jim Garrison.  His parents also owned a record store. Connick, Jr.’s mother, a native of New York City, was Jewish, and his father is of Irish Catholic background. Connick, Jr. has a sister, Suzanna. He was raised in the Lakeview neighbourhood of New Orleans.Connick’s musical talents soon came to the fore when he learned the keyboards at the age of three, played publicly at age six and recorded with a local jazz band at 10. His musical talents were developed at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis and James Booker.
Connick attended Jesuit High School and Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He moved to New York City to study at Hunter College and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where a Columbia Records executive persuaded him to sign with that label. His first record for the label, Harry Connick Jr., was a mainly instrumental album of standards. He soon acquired a reputation in jazz because of extended stays at high-profile New York venues. His next album, 20, featured his vocals and added to this reputation.