Harry Connick Jr. to host TV variety show

Jul 13, 2012

Grammy-winning jazz singer Harry Connick Jr. will host and perform in a television variety show that pays tribute to the music of Louisiana and the industries that have shaped its culture and history.

The show, a Louisiana Public Broadcasting special set to air in December, will be available to PBS affiliates nationwide next year and will include performances of "You Are My Sunshine" in genres such as Cajun, zydeco, jazz and blues.

The show — as yet untitled — will intersperse music, interviews and video snapshots of Louisiana's economic drivers like tourism and oil and gas.

New Orleans native Connick and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, whose office secured underwriting from BP PLC for production costs, unveiled the project Friday at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.