MANHATTAN, NY—Hugh Laurie may have a lot going for him as a two-time Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee, whose role as Dr. Gregory House on Fox’s hit series House made him one of TV’s top paid actors, but the Cambridge-educated Brit has a good reason to sing the blues. He loves the genre.
When the 54-year-old comic/actor/musician took the stage at Town Hall to support his second album, Didn’t It Rain, he didn’t look like a classic New Orleans blues figure, but he was an authentic one, particularly if you share his view of the music.
“I would hate this music to be put in a sociological category of American folk music that only has meaning because of the experience and the period from which it grew,” said Laurie in a recent appearance on The Colbert Report. “I think of this music as high art.”
In fact, Laurie told the Town Hall audience that he considers jazz music to be “America’s greatest gift to the world.”
“It is without equal in importance to the enhancement of life and feeling and emotion and love and joy,” said Laurie. “…Don’t get me wrong. It’s not the only thing you’ve done. I know that. Going to…