Harry Connick, Jr. maps summer tour

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Harry Connick, Jr. has revealed plans to return the road this summer for a tour in support of his forthcoming album, Every Man Should Know. The acclaimed crooner will make several stops in New England, including two nights in Boston next month. The shows will take place at Symphony Hall on Friday, June 21 and Sunday, June 23. Tickets for each of the shows, which range in price from $40 to $150, are available through the venue’s box office and website.

Every Man Should Know is scheduled to hit stores on June 11. The album contains twelve original songs for which Connick wrote music, lyrics and arrangements. It includes special guests Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis.

“I used to be more comfortable writing in a fantasy-style concept, using ideas that intrigued me but didn’t necessarily come from personal experience,” explained Connick in a press release. “It’s one thing to assume the role of a storyteller – it’s quite another when the story is your own.  I felt ready to explore some of my personal experiences in some of the songs this time around.”

In February, Connick released a limited-release album called Smokey Mary to mark the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, a Mardi Gras parade that he helped co-found.

Along with the two new album, Connick has also released a new single called “Love Wins.”  The song is dedicated to Ana Grace Marquez-Greene , one of the children killed in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy and the daughter of former Connick Big Band tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene. Connick sang at Ana Grace’s funeral and was inspired by a speaker at the service to write the songs. All proceeds from the sale of “Love Wins” will go to the Ana Grace Fund.

Prior to the shows in Boston, Connick will perform at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island on Thursday, June 20. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $55 to $125, are available through the venue’s website and box office.

Connick is also scheduled to perform at Simsbury Meadows in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, June 22.

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