Harry Connick Jr. Gets in the Christmas Spirit

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The Grammy-winning jazz singer/pianist is set to launch the trek Nov. 18 in Louisville, KY, and play around the eastern half of the US through mid-December. Two-night stands are booked in New York City and Chicago. Details are listed below. More shows and on-sale information is forthcoming, according to Connick's website.

By the time he hits the pavement, the performer will have a new set of Christmas tunes to get fans into the holiday spirit. "What a Night! A Christmas Album," due Nov. 4, features familiar seasonal classics plus new tracks written by Connick.

The forthcoming set follows a pair of January '07 studio efforts: "Oh, My Nola," which includes four new songs alongside classics central to the musical culture of New Orleans, and "Chanson du Vieux Carre," Connick's third piano release on the Marsalis Music label. "Oh, My Nola" topped Billboard's jazz chart and "Chanson du Vieux Carré" reached No. 3.

In addition to those musical tributes to New Orleans, Crescent City native Connick continues his tireless work to help those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He and musician Branford Marsalis serve as honorary chairs of Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery program. Their efforts have earned them Humanitarian of the Year honors from live-event company EventPro.

Connick is also keeping a busy schedule with his acting career. He stars in the Lifetime original movie "Living Proof," which tells the true story of Denny Slamon, a UCLA doctor who developed the breast cancer drug Herceptin 2. The flick, which airs on the cable network this month, was executive produced by Renee Zellweger, who co-stars with Connick in the upcoming feature film "Chilled in Miami." The tune "Song for the Hopeful," which is featured in "Living Proof," also appears on the jazz star's new Christmas album.

Connick will also return to Broadway next spring, appearing in the new musical comedy, "Nice Work If You Can Get It." The production, which has the performer taking on the role of a Long Island playboy, features music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.