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Harry Connick, Jr

2004 Jazz Festival Poster

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The torch has passed to a new generation of New Orleans-bred jazz artists. The reach of the modern interpreters of this unique American art form into contemporary hearts is exemplified by Harry Connick, Jr. Composer, musician and singer, Harry trained with New Orleans piano legends James Booker and Ellis Marsalis and was influenced by countless others. His charismatic vocal style is coupled to a transcendent keyboard technique while his compositions breathe life into our emergent feelings. Harry's multi-platinum albums showcase these facets but only hint at his expansive talents. Harry is a true renaissance man: playing piano and singing, arranging for and touring with his own big band, holding a patent as the inventor of a computerized method of coordinating and displaying musical composition among musicians in real-time as they're written, hosting classic television specials (for which he designs his own sets), performing in roles from comedic to dramatic in films and on television as well as drawing and painting with considerable skill. Whew! Harry and the Marsalis brothers are at the vanguard of contemporary jazz and are defining the future of New Orleans' unique heritage.

And who better to portray this pillar of the new order than Paul Rogers who depicted another mainstay of modern New Orleans jazz with his Wynton Marsalis poster for the 2002 Festival. From the pre-dawn Uptown shotgun location of that piece to the sunsplashed balconied French Quarter of this one, (click on poster to see a larger hi-res image), Paul saturates his portraits of New Orleans greats with the greatness of New Orleans. Reinterpreting a Matissean style unexplored since the early 50's, when the last great generation of New Orleans Jazz players was finding its voice, Rogers depicts the usually unseen, but most critical aspect of music: Composing. The tone of the work is set by an updated mid-century palette chosen to reveal the creative spark that has earned Harry Connick, Jr. a prominent place in the pantheon of international music. And if an international jazz legend in-the-making, a top artist collected world-wide and a beautiful silk-screen weren't enough to propel this into collectible status, the fact that this is the 30th poster in the series and the 35th anniversary of the Festival surely will. So please, linger not if you want one.

The work is published in an Unsigned numbered edition on archival vellum paper; a numbered Artist-Signed edition on museum-standard cotton rag paper; a numbered Remarque edition on museum rag paper bearing a hand drawing by Rogers and his signature plus the signature of Mr. Connick, Jr. in the oversized lower margin; and, a very exclusive artist-signed and numbered canvas C-Marque edition bearing the same dual signatures as the Remarque, hand over-painted in areas by the artist and suitable for stretching and framing as a painting.

The work is being published in several edtions:
10,000 numbered only 20" x 35"
3,000 artist-signed & numbered 21" x 36"
750 remarqued, double signed & numbered 21 3/4" x 39"
300 canvas remarqued, double signed & numbered 24" x 40"

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