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The Big Easy

I had a fun time yesterday with my best friend and my boy. Together we went to a Jazz Festival. First, there was the concert by African born artist Angélique Kidjo in the afternoon. I really had no idea who she was before yesterday, but I loved her voice and music. Turned out she's a Grammy award winning singer-songwriter (for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2008). During her performance, fellow Grammy winner Jazz musician (and festival featured artist) Dianne Reeves made a surprise appearance and sang a duet with Kidjo. But the highlight of the day for me was the concert in the evening, given by none other than Harry Connick, Jr.

As soon as Harry started crooning when he got on stage, I melted into a proverbial puddle of goo. I have never seen him perform live before, I was so impressed by how talented he was. He sang, played piano, joked with his trombonist Lucien Barbarin (I adored their comical rendition of "How Come You Treat Me Like You Do"), played trumpet, and even did a little tap dancing. During encore, Harry Connick Jr came back and got rid of his suit jacket. The crowd went wild when he shook his toosh on stage with Barbarin, and when he went to play on the piano, Harry was so worked up, he kicked over his piano stool and played while standing up! After last night, I'm dying to see more of his concerts.

pictures credit to qqzj, click images for HQ

While Harry Connick Jr was on stage, he gushed about his fellow musician Ahmad Jamal, who was performing after his set. Harry told an adorable story of meeting Ahmad for the first time that day. Again, with my very limited Jazz knowledge, I didn't know who this guy was. Turned out he's an amazing pianist. Unfortunately Ahmad didn't come on stage until 9:00 pm. Since my son had school the next morning, and the little dude was about all Jazzed out by then, we left before the concert was over. All in all, we had an incredible time, and we want to do this again next year!

(Read a comprehensive article regarding the event HERE @ Monterey Herald)


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Sep. 21st, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Sounds (and looks) like fun!!!!!
Sep. 21st, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hehe, and tasted fun too! *points at the funnel cake*

Sep. 21st, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yummy!!!! I love funnel cakes!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hee. Me too! That and churro sticks are my favorite fair food. So fattening though, but ahhhh, it's the fair!

We also had Jambalaya, crab cake, and Alligator on a Stick. Although we had an intense discussion if it was really Alligator or some really dark meat chicken.
Sep. 21st, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Did you watch the American Idol episode in which Harry Connick Jr was the mentor? I didn't know he was a funny guy but I must have cracked a rib, watching him exchanging banters with Ellen DeGeneres and making jokes.
Sep. 21st, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Heh, I don't really watch reality tv shows so I didn't even know Harry Connick Jr. was on American Idol! \o/ :o)

Until Sunday night, all I knew of him was he has sexy voice and can play piano. Boy, was I in for a surprise! He's a great showman, and has a lot of charisma on stage. And he was so funny!
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
You saw Harry Connick Jr? OMG I love him and his music, see his movies. Gosh I'm so happy you had fun sweetie. Miss you, how are you?
Lots of hugs and love from your Greek friend:)
Sep. 21st, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
You like Harry Connick Jr too? *flails* Babe, we have so much in common! *Smishes*

Miss you too. I'm good, but busy. Can't wait for our show to return this weekend! :)
Sep. 22nd, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
This sounds like fun! :)

Hey, Laurie arrived here yesterday and just last night we were talking about how much fun we had in Chicago and how sad it is that we don't "meet" online so often anymore. I can't believe it's been two years already!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Silke! OMG, Laurie is at your place?! Please give her a hug from meeeeeee! *GROUP HUGS*

I know it's been two years since Chicago! \o/ Not only we had such great time there, it was also my induction into the Supernatural fandom. Hehe, if you have time, you gotta get Laurie to watch at least one Supernatural episode. I think she would love it if she starts to watch the show (just like me).

I'm going to be in England for a week next month. After that and into the early part of next year, I will be going there intermittently. I know it's still far from where you are, but maybe we can work something out so we can meet again somewhere. :)
Sep. 23rd, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
OMG, you're coming to England??? We have to meet! I won't be able to come meet you there next month, but I should be able to work something out next year. Where are you going? London? And may I ask why? :)

Laurie says hi :) Wow, I forgot that it was us who got you hooked on Supernatural LOL Laurie read your post and she agreed to watch one episode - if we find the time for it that is. We were also planning to watch Law & Order UK, so I'm not sure we'll get to do both....

I'm still so excited you'll be coming to England! I LOVE England!!! And I'd LOVE too see you again! :-)
Sep. 23rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Hehe, yap! It's you. You created a monster. =p

Seriously I'm forever indebted to you for introducing me to the world of SPN & the boys. If you gals can find time, have Laurie watch "Faith". I think she'll like that one. Tell her that one's one of Maureen Ryan's favorites too. ;)

And yes, we have to meet! I'll coordinate with you and see what we can arrange. Hubby is going to do some collaborative work in Cambridge. Next month we are heading over there to look for ranting a place. I'm not going to be there the whole time, but I'm sure I'd be going there quite often next year.

Whooo, L&O UK! I have season one on DVD. *g*
Nov. 27th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yeh, I can comment on your post now!
The way you describe jazz makes run to the local musical store....
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